OFF-FIELD BATTLES: Queensland Maroons teammates Darius Boyd (left) and Greg Inglis.
OFF-FIELD BATTLES: Queensland Maroons teammates Darius Boyd (left) and Greg Inglis. PAUL MILLER

Boyd leads way for Inglis to follow

BRISBANE Broncos coach Wayne Bennett says Greg Inglis should follow Darius Boyd's lead and go public about his mental health battle.

South Sydney captain Inglis checked into a mental health facility last week after battling issues on and off the field since suffering a season-ending knee injury in the NRL opening round.

Inglis was reportedly upset that news of his depression had become public but Bennett believed the Test and Maroons player should follow Boyd's lead.

Boyd checked himself into a rehab facility and failed to finish the 2014 NRL season with Newcastle but emerged the next year at Brisbane a changed man.

"Darius probably led the way a little bit. He was so open about it. He didn't hide it and now he is a changed bloke,” Bennett said.

"He is a pathfinder in some ways for the other players.

"It's an issue in our society and it always has been.

"But we are in a more open society. People don't want to hide any more.

"In the past it was a stigma. It was seen as being weak. All that has been removed thank God.

Bennett said Boyd inspired Inglis to seek treatment.

"The best part is recognising they have a problem and go and get some help. That's what I am most pleased about,” Bennett said.

Bennett said he helped Inglis find a facility for treatment.

"Someone pretty close to me - without naming names - was involved in helping him get some advice,” he said.


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