Greg Inglis ... trading the south for the north. Colleen Petch
Melbourne Storm release Greg Inglis, star agrees to join Brisbane Broncos
Inglis has agreed to terms on a two-year deal through 2012, when he will reassess his future. An independent commission will then be running the NRL, with a bigger salary cap operating once a new TV rights deal has been locked in.
Melbourne confirmed they would release Inglis and Brett White from the rest of their contracts after this season, as the club submitted a playing roster for 2011.
Storm coach Craig Bellamy paid tribute to the departing players.
"The legacy that all of our players who are leaving this club have made on the Melbourne Storm won't be lost on those still remaining any time soon," Bellamy said.
"We're sad to see them go and they're sad to be going."
Brisbane are believed to have closed the Inglis deal on Monday, after tapping into their $300,000 marquee player allowance to bump their offer to the centre by an additional $45,000.
The marquee player allowance lets clubs top up deals to players.
The allowance has been doubled from $150,000 to $300,000 for 2011, and it can be used on one player or up to 15 players on a club's list.
Melbourne's confidence about keeping Inglis soared over the weekend following talks with NRL salary cap auditor Ian Schubert, who said their was no directive they would have to disband their Fab Four of Inglis, Billy Slater, Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk.