STAR Aussie legend Greg Inglis is not coming to The Halliwell Jones Stadium for a payday says chief executive Karl Fitzpatrick.

Warrington Wolves shocked the world of rugby league on Tuesday when they confirmed the former Golden Boot winner had come out of retirement to move to the UK for the 2021 season.

He has signed a one-year deal with The Wire.

But Fitzpatrick says this is not a pension for the former Australian test captain.

He said: "Money was not a massive driver on this one.

"We already have our marquee players for next year (Gareth Widdop and Blake Austin). So his salary reflects the current financial position.

"This is not a pay day and he is not coming for a pension."

The chance of a deal was first suggested 'four or five weeks ago' according to Fitzpatrick.

He said: "He spoke to Jason Clark (a former teammate at South Sydney Rabbitohs) to say he had a hunger to get back into rugby league and would Warrington be interested.

"Jason told us and it went from there.

"Opportunities like this do not come around too often.

"We have had a number of chats with Greg and owner Simon Moran and Steve Price over Zoom.

"He is getting his fitness back and wants to come to Warrington Wolves."

Both Bryson Goodwin and Matt King, former centres at Wolves and the Rabbitohs, also put in good words about life in the UK.

Inglis will move to Warrington in December to join pre-season ahead of the 2021 campaign.

And Fitzpatrick says it is a boost now just for The Wire, but the wider game during the current pandemic which has seen rugby league, along with most other areas of life, shut down.

He added: "It is incredible. This is a signing for all our members and partners to thank them for their loyalty.

"This is something for them to look forward too during these tough times.

"He looks in great condition and is refreshed and raring to go."