Josh Reynolds has revealed he received offers from other English clubs following his exit from Hull FC.
The veteran Australian departed the Airlie Birds in June after a mutual agreement to end his contract early, with the marquee player failing to live up to expectations in black and white.
Speaking on James Graham’s podcast, The Bye Round, about his departure, Reynolds revealed that he did consider retirement immediately after the decision was made.
“I finished in Hull not the way I wanted to,” said Reynolds. “I didn’t get to finish up the season and I had a really good think about it then and there. I thought I could be done.
“I had gone over to England and it hadn’t gone to plan. I had a couple of little offers over in England but I thought I was done over there if I’m completely honest.”
The 33-year-old has since signed a train and trial contract with his beloved Canterbury Bulldogs, the hometown club where he made his name and played for over seven years.
It’s reported Reynolds will be earning $1000 a week as he looks to battle his way into the Bulldogs’ top 30, and he added to former team-mate Graham that he’s glad to be home.
“The only team I wanted to come back and have a crack with was the Bulldogs,” he said. “If I was in the pub in 10 years’ time and I knew I had the chance to come back and I didn’t take it up, I would be fuming with myself.
“I messaged Gus (Gould) off my own back. I was fairly emotional at that time because it didn’t finish well and I just wanted to give it one last crack.
“Gus said ‘come see me when you’re back’. To be given that opportunity to put that jersey back on again is igniting my fire.
“I grew up there, I’m living there now and I just want to give back to the club in some way.”