Adam Reynolds – Where will he go next?
During the 2006 Telstra Premiership, the South Sydney Rabbitohs won a shockingly low three matches from 24 attempts. Fast forward eight years later to 2014 and they claimed a record 21st Grand Final. Halfback Adam Reynolds was a huge part of that drought-breaking victory and this season is his ninth with the club.
Given all he’s achieved during that time the former Blue and NRL, All-Star has more than earned the right to decide on where he plays next.
The rumours have been in overdrive lately about where he’s going to end up. The Broncos are a club in crisis currently and reportedly view him as a key part of their future. Cronulla also sees him as somebody that would help with their search for a second Premiership. Or will the Rabbitohs decide at the last minute that they do in fact want to keep their star man?
Suffice to say there are plenty of suitors out there for the Souths captain. Here’s everything you need to know about each rumour so far and why he would or wouldn’t fit well into each franchise. And my overall verdict on the whole issue.
Last Saturday is supposedly when Kevin Walters and new Brisbane CEO Dave Donaghy were flying to Sydney in an attempt to get Reynolds to ink a contract with the Broncos. It’s rumoured to be a three-year deal and, the captaincy is on the cards as well. Given Reynolds has a young family it would have to be a pretty considerable offer, one that would be worth uprooting their lives for. But given the recent Brisbane Halfback vacancy with Tom Dearden off to the Cowboys and the club’s willingness to splash the cash, this could be an exciting new challenge for Reynolds.
He’s done pretty much all he can do with his current side, this move would undoubtedly offer something special. If it does come through and he was to lead the Broncos to a Premiership. Being up there with the likes of Darren Lockyer, Allan Langer and Gorden Tallis in the club’s history would be something extraordinarily special that not many players could turn down. Overall, this would be a great move for him both from a playing standpoint and from a financial standpoint.
Cronulla’s deal is supposedly worth 2.4 million dollars over three years and it’s rumoured to be new coach Craig Fitzgibbon who’s coming in and selling him on the club. Former Rooster Fitzgibbon wants Reynolds to see the vision of the club. He’s selling the damage they (the Sharks) could cause to rival teams in the future. And given Fitzgibbon is an ex-NRL player who only retired in 2011, he still has the advantage of being able to communicate with Reynolds almost in the sense of player-to-player.
But most of all what should be enticing Reynolds to the Sutherland Shire is the fact that the club never quits. After Paul Gallen retired, the club still made the finals the year after despite their worn-down and injured roster. The club has always had a knack for signing quality players. They managed to entice players like Shaun Johnson and Andrew Fifita to the club. Without having the financial or big-name prowess of a club such as the Roosters or the Eels.
Reynolds is a warrior and has battled through a few injuries in his career. The Sharks have done the exact same with various hurdles such as the ASADA scandal or/and on multiple occasions throughout the past reports describing that the club was either going to be relocated or shut down. Overall, the money is great, while his family would still remain in Sydney. Not to mention Cronulla are headed places. This is the best option of the three for Reynolds.
South Sydney Rabbitohs
Finally, we get down to his current club and the ones that supposedly no longer want him, the Rabbitohs. As per a quote from a current teammate, Damien Cook. “Of course we want him to stay at South Sydney but that’s just part of the game at the moment.”. This was in reference to how sometimes players are forced to move clubs due to various reasons which include but aren’t limited to financial ones.
Cook and his teammates may deserve Reynolds, but the club certainly does not. The way they’ve treated such a loyal club member throughout this entire contractual process has been nothing short of disgusting. Especially evident when you consider all that the former NSW City man has done for the club both on and off the field. I’ll keep this short, sweet, and simple for my overall opinion. Russell Crowe and his men don’t deserve somebody who’s devoted so much of his career to the franchise. He deserves to prosper somewhere else that will give him the respect, money, and attention he deserves. And don’t forget to thank him for the Premiership on the way out!
Adam Reynolds will star wherever he chooses to pack his bags and heads to, or perhaps even stays! But at the end of the day it 1000% has to be the Sharks for him. The type of money on offer will help set himself and his family up for life. He’ll be in a beautiful location not too far away from where he was before. He’ll be at a club that already has a solid foundation, but one that can also be built/interchanged around Reynolds. The Sharks want to win now and seem to have a plan for the future. At least that’s what coach Fitzgibbon is preaching.
Good luck to him and as a passionate Rugby League supporter myself I can’t wait to watch him wherever he ends up deciding to play.