Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
It is hard to imagine Adam Reynolds in anything other than the cardinal and myrtle stripes of the South Sydney Rabbitohs; however, this is a reality we will have to get used to in 2022 as the former New South Wales Origin representative makes his move to the Brisbane Broncos.
For the last two seasons, the Broncos have been in crisis mode, taking home the wooden spoon in 2020, and looking likely to finish in the bottom four again in 2021.
Two of the biggest issues at the club have been a lack of leadership on the roster and the absence of a game controlling halfback.
Reynolds ticks both of these boxes, as the current South Sydney captain has gained a wealth of experience in his 225 first grade games so far, and will also likely take on the role of captain at the Broncos next season, having taken the Bunnies to the Preliminary Final as captain last season, which is likely where they will end up again in 2021, if not further.
He may be 31-years-old, but Reynolds is currently having one of the best seasons of his career with four tries, six try assists, nine line-break assists, 64 average running metres and 268 tackles made for an efficiency rate of 90.2%, not to mention he has recently become the Rabbitohs’ all-time leading point scorer.
Once Reynolds gets to the Broncos just how big will his impact be?
Well, nothing helps out a good halfback like a good forward pack to work with in attack and the Broncos arguably have a better and more imposing forward pack than the Rabbitohs do heading into 2022, not to mention the good ball he will be able to get to Brisbane’s backs after having the freedom to hone his craft in that aspect of the game at the Bunnies due to their all-star backline.
There is still work to be done at the Broncos; however, and it will take time for things to gel.
While a top-eight finish is most certainly not out of the equation, Adam Reynolds will eventually turn them into a top eight side during his three-year stay at the club, a more realistic prediction for 2022 would be to have them finishing somewhere between ninth and 12th, and then kick on into the top eight in 2023.
As they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day.