Steve Price says stellar signing Greg Inglis needs to pump up the volume before making his Warrington bow.
The legendary Australian centre, 34, hasn’t played competitively since South Sydney’s 34-18 win over St George Illawarra in the NRL in March 2019.
Inglis didn’t feature in Chris Hill’s testimonial match against Leigh at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Friday.
Reports suggest he is nursing a hamstring problem, but he did do some running ahead of Friday’s game.
However, Wolves coach Price admits the odds are against Inglis playing against Castleford in Sunday’s Super League first-round clash.
“For Greg and (prop) Sitaleki Akauola, we just feel like they need to get a few more miles under their legs,” he explained.
“You would have seen him (Inglis) running out there pretty openly, it is just about seeing where they are at.
“He has done a bit of training with us and then we put him out there for a bit more volume in his legs and a bit more directional change as he hasn’t played for so long.
“We have a duty and responsibility to make sure we get his body right too, so it’s just about getting more volume in his legs.”
Price is expected to go with Jake Mamo or teenager Connor Wrench, who impressed against Leigh, in the centres against Castleford.
“Connor has been solid throughout the pre-season. As you saw, he did not look out of place (on Friday). Jake Mamo is going well too. It is a good battle going along there.”
Price is confident halfback Blake Austin, who is going into his third season at the club, will be fit despite going off on Friday with a knee injury.
“He will be fine. He just took a bang. Other than that we came through unscathed, which is always healthy in these types of games,” added Price.
Warrington were 34-12 winners over Leigh, and the coach continued: It was a good positive hit out.
“I thought that our first 40 minutes was a really solid pass mark. It was always a bit indifferent as we made that many changes as the game grew.
“There was some good execution and skill under pressure, and I thought Gareth Widdop looked really sharp, really fast and strong. He had high energy about him.”
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