Former Hull FC star Josh Reynolds enjoyed his dream return to his boyhood club the Canterbury Bulldogs today and it is already clear the role he can play at the club in 2023.
Before the game he was pictures laying down the lay to the young Bulldogs as a real leader in the squad.
You can watch the moment here.
This came as coach Cameron Ciraldo confirmed that the halfback would play a part in 2023 after being included in their top 30 for the new season.
“He just loves it he loves being in Belmore and wearing the blue and white,” Ciraldo told Fox League.
“He just loves footy. I said before that if our team can have a bit of Josh Reynolds about them we’ll be alright.
“He was just so happy to put the jersey on today and I think he was a bit emotional.
“Seeing him lay down the law there to the boys is pretty cool.
“It’s a long season ahead and he will play a part for us I’m sure.”
Reynolds agreed a mutual release at Hull FC last year. After a good start in 2021, injuries stifled Reynolds in the end but now he has a chance to finish his career on a high.
This comes as he explained his regrets this week.
“I regret leaving here, I do,” Reynolds told Fox Sports.
“Even though financially it was good for me, I would have loved to be a one-club man — it meant a lot to me back then… That’s probably my only regret.”
He admitted that he tried to bring the same energy to the other clubs he played for but said “it was never the same.”
“Now I think back, it was never the same,” he said.
“I tried my hardest to make it the same, it’s not like I didn’t try to buy into everything — I did. I’ve always tried everywhere I’ve gone, it just hasn’t worked out the way I wanted it to.”
That said, he did say he is glad he gave Super League a chance:
“I’m glad I went over to the UK, I’m glad I got to see that. But I would have loved to have stayed (at the Bulldogs), whatever capacity that was,” Reynolds said.
“But at the same time, I’m able to eventually have a family and provide for them so is it a regret? A little one but in the end, in 10 years I’ll probably be like ‘whatever is meant to be, is meant to be’.”