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Ex-Hull FC star Josh Reynolds reveals his “regret” as he opens up on UK move

Josh Reynolds had an up and down spell in Super League signing for Hull FC ahead of the 2021 season on what was reported as a major money move, before parting ways after just 18 months.

He was exceptional at first but absences took their toll.

On the back of that he returned to the NRL to try and find his enjoyment in rugby again and there was only one place to go, that being the club where he debuted in 2011, Canterbury Bulldogs.

The return wasn’t straight forward though as he signed on at Canterbury to a train-and-trial deal earning $1,000-a-week in stark contrast to the money he reportedly earned in Super League.

New head coach Cam Ciraldo had told James Graham on his podcast, The Bye Round, that Reynolds would have to earn his spot in the 30-man squad like anyone else, as reported here.

That’s something that the 33-year-old has now done per reports from Channel 9 WWOS in Australia.

It had been expected that he might have to play in the trials games to earn the spot but he’s done so on merit based on his efforts in training.

WWOS reported that insiders at the Bulldogs had said: “He’s been great around the place with his energy and attitude and Cam decided he wants him here full-time.

“The young guys in the squad really look up to him and it’s been a popular decision.”

Now Reynolds himself has come out and said he regrets leaving the club in the first place.

“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’.”

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