The defiant skipper pooh-poohed concerns that injuries might push him into an early retirement, instead revealing plans to continue his career by signing a Broncos contract for the 2025 season.
Last Friday saw Brisbane’s key player suffer an injury setback, enduring a minor calf tear in an unexpected training accident, only two weeks away from the finals.
The Broncos‘ linchpin, Reynolds, won’t be playing in Saturday night’s game against Canberra and is racing against time to play in next Thursday’s pivotal last-round home game against Melbourne, which might decide if Brisbane seals a Suncorp semi-final slot.
However, the stalwart is unyielding in his assertion that he’ll participate in the playoffs, offering a huge lift to Brisbane’s aspirations of bagging their first title since 2006.
“Though I’ll skip one or two matches, in my head I’m back for the semis,” Reynolds articulated, speaking for the first time post his recent injury scare.
“While it’s unfavorable to be injured so close to the finals, this is a welcome opportunity for our back-up playmaker, Jock (Madden) to merge in and forge some bonds with the team,” he added.
The unpredictable nature of calf injuries can make them potential ticking bombs, with notable examples including Latrell Mitchell missing the whole of this year’s Origin series and Matildas star Sam Kerr’s limited involvement in the Women’s World Cup group stage.
Since his debut 18 months ago, Reynolds has elevated the Brisbane outfit from strugglers to title hopefuls as their pivotal playmaker. Without his presence on the field, the Broncos’ hopes of snatching the prize seem bleak.
The seasoned 33-year-old player, Reynolds along with vice-captain Kurt Capewell, are the Brisbane team’s only players with a premiership feather in their cap. Reynolds notably aided South Sydney in ending their 43-year title drought in 2014.
A sudden calf strain, amid the Broncos‘ bye week, left Reynolds shocked as he’s been receiving daily treatments to hasten his recovery ever since. “It certainly wasn’t the best news, but it’s not a catastrophe either,” he stated.
“There’s no pressure from the coaches to play. We’ll discuss the possibilities if I play or not. Missing the Storm game isn’t a disaster, the playoffs are the bigger picture,” Reynolds conveyed.
Although Reynolds had had several minor injuries since joining the Broncos, including hamstring, neck and calf injuries, there is no hint yet that he’s is heading for retirement following the end of three-year deal in 2024.
“I am decidedly confident I can forge ahead,” he said. “Apart from few minor aches and pains, there hasn’t been any substantial injury. Any player would have a few niggles given the length of the season,” he quoted.
“Extending for another season is definitely the plan. The club is steering towards something grand and I want to contribute to it,” he concluded.