Why the Tigers must sign Adam Reynolds

22 Mar 21, 6:36PM 3 Comments

Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk

To the shock of many, it was recently revealed that Adam Reynolds had turned down a one-year contract extension from the South Sydney Rabbitohs, as the halfback believes he has earned a longer deal.

Reynolds has not only played all of his 208 NRL games for the Rabbitohs but is also a South Sydney junior who came through the ranks at the club.

It is hard to picture Reynolds in anything other than the green and myrtle; however, that may be the reality fans have to face, as the 30-year-old could exit Redfern if offered a long-term deal elsewhere.

So who should try to sign Adam Reynolds if he does leave the Rabbitohs?

Well, teams such as the Broncos and Cowboys are obvious options, with the maroon and gold boys last fielding an experienced game controller in 2017 when Ben Hunt was at the club, and the Cowboys still on the search for the player that will fill the void left by Johnathan Thurston.

Although Reynolds would likely prefer to remain in Sydney, and there is a Sydney based club whose woes have lasted longer than the Broncos and Cowboys, that club is the Wests Tigers.

Not since 2011 have we seen the Tigers take part in finals footy when their halves consisted of New Zealand International Benji Marshall and Robert Lui who has gone on to play over 200 professional games.

Currently, the Tigers are represented by Adam Doueihi and Luke Brooks in the six and seven jerseys, with Doueihi not yet cemented in the role of five-eighth and Brooks failing to consistently live up to his potential at halfback since debuting in 2013.

He may not necessarily take Wests to the next level alone, but he would bring stability to the Tigers attack, something that they have not had since for the past decade.

Reynolds would also complement the 2005 premiers’ promising forward pack, and finally allow Michael Maguire to focus on improving other areas of the squad.

Unless the Bunnies cave and give Reynolds the long-term deal he demands and arguably deserves, then don’t be surprised if you see the former New South Wales Origin representative applying his trade at Leichhardt Oval and Campbelltown Stadium next season.

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3 responses to “Why the Tigers must sign Adam Reynolds”

  1. PrattenBoy says:

    Robert Liu was a good player – but he didn’t partner Benji Marshall in the 2005 Grand Final. Benji was five-eighth, but wearing the Number 7 was Scott Prince. Benji put on the flick pass fireworks, but I credit the win to the masterful work of the unsung Scott Prince.

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