South Sydney players are surprised to learn of Greg Inglis's dilemma but remain confident they have not got the last of their superstar captain in Rabbitohs colors.
"He will be back," stand in captain Sam Burgess said, after the club open Inglis checked himself into a mental health clinic last weekend.
Suspended since round one with a season-ending knee damage, Inglis told teammates two days ago that he was feeling stressful and in depression. Winger Bryson Goodwin, who has lost a brother just a few months ago to suicide, said Inglis's revelation hit hard.
"He is apparently away a bit with his wound so, it was a big shock to most of us," Goodwin said.
"It is a silly thing because he looked like he was OK.’’
"It is probably not until you express to someone that you find out the particulars or they go and find someone help themselves.
"It is a sad thing to know, but hopefully he will come out the other side and be all good.
"We are all backing up him here at Souths."
Inglis is contracted to the Rabbitohs until the end of 2019, but the father of two's newest setback, coupled with the fact that his wife's family is in Brisbane, will inevitably prompt rumour about his future at the club.
Burgess trusts Inglis will remain at Redfern and much-admired the 30 year-old's choice to seek expert help.
"He is probably where he wishes to be at the moment," Burgess said.
"Who knows what he is feeling like at the moment. That is why it is vital that we all be careful in how much we prod and poke around it.
"It is [for sure] the best time to leave him, give him the time and space he needed and, when he comes out again, hopefully, he will see the care and love he is got by thousands of supporter around the country."