It may only be a trial match, but for Souths Junior and Rabbitohs halfback Adam Reynolds, Sunday’s clash with the Bulldogs will mark the first time the number seven will run out as Captain.
Reynolds joins an elite class of Rabbitohs that have had the prestige of the ‘c’ next to their name – a list that includes Club legends and greats of the game such as John Sattler, Jack Rayner and Clive Churchill. That honour is certainly not lost on him.
“It’s definitely a great honour and a privilege to Captain this Club,” admitted Reynolds.
“I got a chance to do it when I was younger with the SG Ball side, playing with a lot of my mates, but to do it in first grade is just a massive honour.”
The news came as an unexpected shock to Reynolds who admitted to never having coveted the top job. However now in his third year in the top grade, the talented half is keen to take on the extra responsibility.
“I’ve always seen myself as a kid who wanted to grow up and play first grade, but I never really thought about captaining the team.
“It’s only now that I’ve gotten a bit older that I’ve started to think about that – becoming a leader.”
With a side that boasts a number of natural leaders, Reynolds is certain that leadership qualities have rubbed off on him, but cites that his role as halfback will aid his first official venture into the Rabbitohs’ Captaincy.
“There’s been a lot of leaders here at Souths over the last few years – guys like Matt King and John Sutton who I’ve learned a lot from,” said Reynolds.
“As halfback, I lead a lot of the play so I guess it’s natural for me to take on the extra responsibility now.”
After a gruelling offseason, Reynolds is looking forward to getting out onto the field with what is in many ways a new Rabbitohs squad.
“It’s exciting times to be back playing football now,” admitted Reynolds.
“Preseason is always tough so it’s good to finally be back on the field and for me to get to play with all the new boys. It’s just going to be fun more than anything.”
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