NRL 2021: South Sydney No. 7 Adam Reynolds thumb injury won’t stall contract talks Loading 3rd party ad content Loading 3rd party ad content Loading 3rd party ad content Loading 3rd party ad content

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By Christian Nicolussi

Off-contract Souths halfback Adam Reynolds says there is no pressure to rush back from a thumb injury to keep himself on the radars of interested clubs, given his proven record in the NRL.

Reynolds confirmed he ruptured the ligaments in his right thumb when trying to stop Canberra’s Hudson Young in the opening minutes of last week’s 34-20 win.

Teammate Cameron Murray suffered a grade-two syndesmosis injury in the same tackle.

Adam Reynolds will not rush his return from a thumb injury.

Adam Reynolds will not rush his return from a thumb injury.Credit:Getty

The Rabbitohs halfback says he will not play against Melbourne on Thursday night and his return is a “week to week proposition”. Reynolds does not require surgery but his surgeon informed him he could miss up to a month.

Souths have refused to budge on their offer of a one-year contract extension and Reynolds has Cronulla and Brisbane courting him with three-year deals.

Reynolds said the injury-enforced layoff won’t see him fast-track a decision on his future, and nor will rush his return from the thumb injury based on a need to impress on the open market.

“I’ll spend the time on the sidelines. It won’t have any impact on my contract situation,” Reynolds told the Herald.

“I’ve played every game this year, and any club that’s looked at me already know what I’ve done and what I’m capable of.

“One thing I do know is I won’t rush back from this injury and put the team in jeopardy. A deal could get done in two days, it might be two weeks, I just don’t know.”

Reynolds has met with incoming Sharks coach Craig Fitzgibbon and the 30-year-old has also had discussions with Brisbane coach Kevin Walters.

The Souths veteran has previously indicated he wanted to stay in Sydney but Reynolds said he was open to a move if necessary.

“We’re still working out what will be best for me and my family,” he said.

Benji Marshall and Cody Walker will form the new Souths halves pairing.

Benji Marshall and Cody Walker will form the new Souths halves pairing.Credit:Getty Images

“If I have to move the family interstate I will. It would be daunting but exciting at the same time.

Reynolds has broken his thumb before and knew he was in trouble against the Raiders. He refused to come from the field and got the job done for Souths while defying pain.

Reynolds played 74 minutes against Parramatta in 2019 with a fractured L3 vertebrae.

“I don’t need surgery but there’s some damage in there, and the surgeon told me I’ll be out for anywhere up to four weeks,” he said.

“There are a few ruptured ligaments and the thumb is loose. I’ve broken it before. They’re hoping it will scar up a bit.

“I actually did it in the same tackle when Cam (Murray) injured himself. I knew I had done something straight away and said top the physio, ‘my thumb is stuffed, can you strap me up at the next break’. Canberra scored the next set. I had to get it re-strapped at half-time, but I never thought about coming off.”

Reynolds, Murray, Campbell Graham (hand) and Jaxson Paulo (thumb) all returned worse for wear after the trip to the nation’s capital and will miss the Thursday night blockbuster against the Storm.

Benji Marshall and Cody Walker will form the next halves pairing with Reynolds hailing the former “the buy of the year” and “another Wayne Bennett masterstroke”.

Reynolds and Bennett have formed a close bond at Souths, and with new Broncos boss Dave Donaghy leaving the door ajar for the supercoach to make a return to Red Hill, it has prompted speculation the halfback will follow him north.

Broncos management have spoken with Reynolds several times but the halfback said there had been no discussions with Bennett about their next moves.

Cronulla’s three-year deal worth more than $2m, would allow him to work with Fitzgibbon, whom he knows from their time together with the NSW Origin team, while not having to relocate his wife and four young children.

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