Adam Reynolds and South Sydney Rabbitohs ‘not on the same page’ over new contract
WRITTEN BY TOM NAGHTEN
South Sydney halfback Adam Reynolds revealed he and the club are currently ‘not on the same page’ over his contract negotiations.
Reynolds is out of contract at season’s end and is in search of a longer team deal with the Rabbitohs.
Now club captain, Reynolds has played all 206 of his NRL games in red and green, but either he or the club will need to change their position for that to continue beyond 2021.
“It would be ideal (to stay at Souths). But in saying that, it’s probably a long way from happening at the moment,” Reynolds told Sporting News .
"We’ve started negotiations but we’re not right on the same page at the moment.
"I’d like to play for another three or four years. I’d like to sign for three years.
"I don’t really want to sign a couple of contracts towards the back end of my career. I’d like that bit of security.
“It’s something that we’re sorting out at the moment and hopefully we can come to a conclusion.”
While Reynolds conceded his contract situation was a concern, he’s confident it won’t impact his performance on the park.
“It’s always on the mind but it won’t affect any sort of footy that’s being played,” he added.
“Obviously you’ve got worry about your future, it’s in the background, we’re sorting through it at the moment but we’re still a long way from getting things done.”
Reynolds is entering his 10th season as first-choice seven at the Bunnies, having steered the side to the 2014 premiership and back-to-back preliminary finals the past two seasons.
Now 30, the playmaker is confident in his level of fitness after a shortened pre-season.
“I had a bit of surgery on the groin, but just a tidy up, it wasn’t too bad,” he added.
“The body is feeling pretty good at the moment, probably the best I’ve felt for a long time, mentally and physically, overall happy with how the pre-season’s going.”
Heading into Wayne Bennett’s final season in charge at Redfern, Reynolds said the squad are galvanised having just missed out on the decider in recent seasons.
“We want to try and win every game possible. It’s time to step up and be serious about things,” he said.
"We probably haven’t hit the mark with where we’ve wanted to be over the last couple of years and the fire is still there from falling short once again.
“Hopefully we can erase that memory and start the season well.”
Souths meet the Dragons in the Charity Shield on Saturday before getting their 2021 campaign underway against reigning premiers Melbourne on Thursday, March 11.