Reynolds ‘still hopeful’ but fears he won’t get to farewell Souths fans due to relocation

Adam Reynolds fears the latest COVID outbreak in Greater Sydney will deny him a South Sydney farewell in front of home fans with the players privately resigned to remaining in Queensland for the remainder of the NRL season.

The club’s final game of the regular season was planned to double as a huge celebration for the halfback at ANZ Stadium.

Adam Reynolds hopes COVID does not deny him a South Sydney farewell on home turf.Credit:Getty Images

Instead, Reynolds may have to quietly take his bow from his beloved club nearly 1000 kilometres away.

Off-contract teammate Dane Gagai could also be denied a proper Souths send-off, with Reynolds hounding the outside back to join him in Brisbane next year.

Gagai said during the Queensland Origin series “the Broncos are certainly an option”, and Reynolds knows what an asset the Maroons centre would be.

The Souths skipper said before Sunday’s clash against Canterbury the extra time in quarantine had made him reflect on the coming months ahead with Souths, and to a lesser extent the coming years at Red Hill.

“I’m still hopeful we’ll get back to Sydney at some stage, be it the last few games of the regular season or the finals, and it will be disappointing if I don’t get to say my final goodbyes to the fans who have been with me the whole time,” Reynolds said.

“There would still be some sort of presentation or something like that along those lines.

“There are whispers already getting around up here we’ll be here for the rest of the year. It’s all a bit of an unknown.”

Reynolds said he failed in trying to convince back-rower Jaydn Su’a to follow him to Brisbane, but remained more optimistic about Gagai, who featured in an excellent and feisty Origin battle with Souths teammate Latrell Mitchell.

“He’s obviously a very good player at every level of the game, and he’d be a great asset to any team,” Reynolds said. “I worked hard on Su’a following me to Brisbane but he was one that got away [to the Dragons], but I’d love to have Dane up there. He’s a great friend of mine, a great teammate and our families get along well together.

“He’s played for them before and knows what it is all about. He’d be a bonus. He’ll never get beaten on attitude – he never takes a backward step and competes to the death.”

Reynolds quipped he had ridiculed Jai Arrow since he was sent home from Queensland Origin camp for inviting a dancer back to his hotel room and breaching biosecurity measures.

The No. 7 said Arrow regretted the decision and had learned a harsh lesson.

“He’s tucked away for two weeks and can’t have contact with anyone,” Reynolds said. “It’s disappointing what happened with him, but he apologised and took it to heart. He won’t make the same mistake. He’s a good person, a lot of things have been said and a few things have been out of line, but you have to remember we’re all human. He’s been quiet.”

Reynolds and Cody Walker have been in top form for Souths and were even in the Origin conversation before selectors opted for Mitchell Moses and Jack Wighton in the final game against Queensland.

Departing coach Wayne Bennett has a knack of starting to rev up his sides around now in the run home to the NRL finals, and Souths are short-priced favourites to produce a similar 38-0 scoreline they put on Canterbury back in round four.

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