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Reynolds Expecting Enthusiasm in Gold Coast Trial

Words: Tom Skolarikis I Photo: Sunny Brar

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With the 2016 trial period set to come to a close for the Rabbitohs this weekend, halfback Adam Reynolds is expecting plenty of enthusiasm from both his side and the Titans at Pizzey Park on Saturday.

Positions will be on the line on both sides of halfway when the two teams look to put the finishing touches on their 2016 preparation.

Rabbitohs Head Coach, Michael Maguire, named a strong outfit for the Gold Coast trial, with the likes of Greg Inglis, Sam Burgess and Alex Johnston supplementing a handful of young-guns who got the job done against St George Illawarra in the Charity Shield.

Reynolds is certain the match will be free-flowing and expansive affair.

“I’m expecting them to throw the ball around a bit,” said Reynolds of the Titans.

“They’ve got some good young players who are all looking for spots just like in our team, so there’ll be a lot of enthusiasm.

“They’re going to be dangerous, but having said that, it’s all about us just turning up, doing our job and looking to put the things that we’ve been doing at training into practice.”

 

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For the first time, Reynolds will partner Cody Walker in the halves – Maguire having named the pair at seven and six respectively for the match, while fellow playmakers Luke Keary and John Sutton will also play in the game.

Walker enjoyed a strong first outing in the Charity Shield, creating a number of opportunities in attack for the men in Red and Green.

“He’s had a really good pre-season,” said Reynolds of Walker.

“Cody was pushing for a spot last year and now that he’s had a chance, he’s raised the competition in the halves.

“We’re very lucky to have a few play-makers in the team who have been around for a while – ‘Sutto’ (John Sutton), Luke Keary and now Cody as well, so it gives us plenty of options and helps us to raise the standards.

“It drives us to get better, and there’s also plenty of banter between us as well.”

Reynolds returns this weekend after having his first hit-out of the year in the 2016 instalment of the All Stars – the Souths Junior kicking two goals for the World All Stars that would prove to be the difference against the Indigenous outfit.

For his part, Reynolds told Rabbitohs.com.au this week that he was proud to have been part of the concept in 2016.

“To be part of a week like is something really special,” said Reynolds.

“All the messages around Indigenous issues really hit home during that week, and on the footy side of things, it was good to be in a different environment around a whole bunch of new faces.

“You meet a lot of new people which can be refreshing, and then you have the game as well – it was a great experience.”