Adam Reynolds has missed the footy season as much as anyone, with the Rabbitohs playmaker showing that the Rugby League fan in him is alive and well as he looks forward to sitting down to watch tonight’s season opener between the Eels and the Broncos.
After a summer spent watching ‘other sports’, Reynolds told the Rugby League media at Redfern today (Thursday) that it’s about time the NRL season got underway.
“Excitement’s probably the key word there,” said Reynolds.
“I’m just happy footy is back – I get to watch a game tonight which I’ve been missing out for several weeks now.
“I’m a fan of the game. I love the game of football and any time it’s on it’s exciting times. I’m sick of watching other sports. It’s time for Rugby League to be back.”
But the Rabbitohs will have to wait until Sunday to open their 2016 campaign against arch-rivals the Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium – a match that will renew the 108 year rivalry between the two Foundation Clubs.
The match will also see the blooding of a new halves partner for Reynolds, with 26 year old Cody Walker set to partner the Souths Junior at five-eighth following a solid pre-season trial period.
“We’ve got some new combinations there – it’ll be the first time me and Cody Walker will play together,” said Reynolds.
“I’m looking forward to that – he’s got experienced players in and outside him. He’s got Bryson Goodwin on one side of him along with John Sutton as well.
“I’m sure he’ll be composed. He’s an exciting player to watch, he’s a confident kid and he gets around the park as well, so I’m looking forward to seeing how he goes.”
While the Rabbitohs will be missing the likes of George and Thomas Burgess through suspension and injury for the clash, the Roosters will also be without a number of players, including Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Boyd Cordner and Mitchell Pearce.
But despite the missing personnel, Reynolds told today’s media session that there are dangers aplenty across the Roosters line-up.
“You’ve got to keep an eye on all their players,” said the playmaker.
“They’ve got a fantastic coach who’s leading them around well as he has for the past few years. No doubt they’ll be coming out firing and we’re just looking forward to getting out there and playing again.”
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