After an ill-fated stint in Super League, Josh Reynolds made his second NRL debut for the Canterbury Bulldogs over the weekend as they won a classic 15-14.
With many questioning whether the halfback still had it in him going into the game, coach Cameron Ciraldo has been full of praise for the halfback following the game even saying he improves the Bulldogs.
“He makes us a better team,” the coach said to the West Australian.
“He’s going to have his challenges out there, he played in the middle there tonight but he gives us some utility value.
“It might not be the same every week, depending on what team we play and who we go with. Who knows what the future holds?
“But the way he handled himself tonight showed that he’s a real asset to our team.”
Reynolds himself said of the game:
“I was trying to tell myself that I wasn’t nervous today but I wasn’t hungry one bit and I’m always hungry on game day.
“Deep down, in the back of my mind I knew I was a bit nervy.
“My first tackle I got called offside and they went straight through, so it wasn’t the greatest of starts,” Reynolds said.
“I actually gave the ref a bit of a … I wouldn’t call it a spray … but I said, ‘come on mate, I’ve been out of the game for 2000 days, give me a break. You’ve blown me a penalty first bloody thing!'”
The veteran played through the middle, a different role than the five-eighth spot he held down in his heyday, and finished with 19 tackles.
“I’m not going to lie, I was blowing. It’s a different beast in the middle but the boys got me through,” he said.