Former Canterbury cult hero Josh Reynolds has played down claims he’ll finish his career at the Bulldogs after reports this week linked him with a return to the club.
The 33-year-old is coming off two seasons playing in the Super League for Hull, after finishing his NRL career with Wests Tigers in 2020. He made his NRL debut with the Bulldogs in 2011 and played in two grand finals across seven seasons at the club.
The former Origin player is currently holidaying in Cyprus and was in the gym when his phone “started going off” after news of his potential reunion with the Bulldogs surfaced.
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He said he’d love to join the club for one last season but has not been offered a deal.
“I was actually in the gym and my phone just started going off. Notifications from my Twitter and stuff and I thought what the hell is going on,” Reynolds said on Sky Sports Radio’s The Big Sports Breakfast.
Josh Reynolds holds out hope of returning to Belmore in an off-field capacity. (Getty Images)
“There were articles galore and people congratulating me and I’m getting free coffees again at Belmore – and I’m gonna take them – but it was just mental to be honest.”
Reynolds added that he was taken off guard by the way the reports were framed, because it appeared he himself had leaked the information to the media.
“I was actually a bit disappointed because it actually looks like I’ve said something but it clearly hasn’t come from me,” Reynolds said.
“But look I’ll put it out there – I would 100 per cent love to go there. I’ve always said that I’d love to finish (my career) there.
“I love the club but at the same time I’m not sure if Gus (general manager Phil Gould) has those plans. But if that doesn’t work itself out, I’d still love to be at the club in some capacity.
“I’m coming back in the next week or so and I’m going to start having all those chats but last week was a bit of a whirlwind and it was nice to get some nice messages from people saying they’d love me back there so we’ll see how we go.”
Gould addressed the reports surrounding Reynolds’ future, revealing he’d spoken to the five-eighth about a potential off-field role at the club.
“Josh Reynolds sent me a message from UK two months ago saying he was returning to Australia and that he’d like to assist in junior league and or community programs,” Gould tweeted.
“I told him to come see me when he gets home.”
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