REPORTS first emerged Down Under that Warrington Wolves had pulled off a coup in tempting Australian superstar Greg Inglis out of retirement.

The 33-year-old powerhouse has signed a one-year deal for 2021, with confirmation from The Wire imminent.

Inglis, who retired last year, is a former teammate of Wire back rower Jason Clark at South Sydney Rabbitohs.

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Greg Inglis clashes with Josh Charnley in a meeting between Australia and England in the 2013 RL World Cup. They are set to be teammates in 2021. Picture:

Inglis, who is currently South Sydney's pathways manager, is understood to be able to leave his contract without notice.

When he decided to hang up his boots last season it was thought to be because he had lost his hunger for the game, not for any medical reasons making him unfit.

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But it is believed he is now realising that 'you are a long time retired' and is missing being on the field.

Watch highlights of Inglis' career here:

He is not be the first Kangaroos legend to have been tempted out of retirement by The Wire.

Then head coach Daryl Van de Velde convinced Allan Langer to give the sport another go when the ex-Brisbane Broncos legend joined Warrington for the 2000 and 2001 seasons.

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Greg Inglis, right, celebrating a South Sydney try against St Helens in the 2015 World Club Championship. Picture:

This is a similar coup for head coach Steve Price and the club's chiefs.

Having Inglis, Blake Austin and Gareth Widdop in the Wire ranks for 2021 will be a major draw to supporters at a time when the game may need it following this year's competition remaining suspended since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Inglis played 117 games for Melbourne before the 146 appearances for South Sydney.

He featured in 10 State of Origin series wins for Queensland and played 18 Tests for Australia.