Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Josh Reynolds will join the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs in the preseason for 2023 on a train and trial deal.
He will attempt to resurrect his career at the club he is most associated with but if Reynolds’ pursuit for an NRL contract fails he will likely still take up a role with the Bulldogs as a coach in their developmental system as has previously been alluded to by club general manager Phil “Gus” Gould.
Reynolds breakout season for the Bulldogs came in 2012 where he made a name for himself while also helping the club reach its first Grand Final in eight years.
In 2014 Reynolds made is New South Wales State of Origin debut with the Blues winning that year’s series on top of the Bulldogs reaching their second Grand Final in three seasons.
The JBK Show podcast spoke to Reynolds about his move to the Bulldogs where he revealed how desperately he has tried to return to the club.
“I’ve dreamt about this,” said Reynolds.
“I’ve tried to come back to the Dogs about 30 times and it just hasn’t worked.
“To be given this opportunity, honestly, you could pay me a $1 a week, and I’m not just saying that, it’s just how I feel.
“I’m at a point in my life, I’ve got other things going on and I just want to play.
“I want to represent that emblem, it’s just what I want to do.”
Reynolds’ first stint at the Bulldogs came to an end when he joined the Wests Tigers in 2018 but soon found himself in and out of the first-grade squad after a poor run with injury.
His time at the Tigers came to an end at the end of 2020 with the half joining Hull FC in 2021.
Unfortunately, Reynolds would still battle injury issues after a strong start to life in England and parted ways with Hull FC in June.
After a long run of bad luck it would certainly be great to see Reynolds taking the field in a Bulldogs NRL jersey next season even if it’s just once.