‘As South Sydney as they come’: Rabbitohs set to make Reynolds captain

Former South Sydney captains have welcomed the likely appointment of Adam Reynolds as the club's new leader, with the star halfback set to be elevated to the top job as early as Tuesday.

Mudgee officials also confirmed on Monday the intense interest in Latrell Mitchell ahead of the Charity Shield had them on track for a record 10,000 crowd for the first time.

Adam Reynolds is expected to be confirmed as South Sydney’s new captain on Tuesday.Credit:AAP

Reynolds, 29, who spent his first years living in a "shoebox-size unit on Elizabeth Street opposite Redfern Oval", is as South Sydney as they come, a fact not lost on club legend Bobby McCarthy and fellow former captain and No.7, Craig Coleman.

"He'd have to be the most-tattooed captain in history," McCarthy said with a smile. "But it's great he's a local junior, just like [former skipper] Johnny Sutton, he's been there a while and he knows the game. He's calm and collected and always keeps his cool, no matter what is happening in a game. I think it's a good choice."

Coleman added: "I had a bit to do with Adam, I coached him in the SG Ball for two years, he's a young Redfern kid like myself, he's done a fantastic job, won a premiership and I'm really happy for him. He's now captaining a great club."

Damien Cook and Cody Walker were also in the mix, while Cameron Murray is hugely respected but still a couple of years from being thrust into the leadership role.

Reynolds is expected to lead Souths out on to Glen Willow Regional Sports Centre against St George Illawarra that could feature a record crowd because of "Mitchell-Mania".

Last year's Charity Shield crowd was 9027, slightly down on the previous year's 9133 and the 9267 who turned up for the round-10 clash between the Dragons and Newcastle.

Mudgee mayor Des Kennedy told the Herald ticket sales were well up on the same time last year and was even hoping Mitchell could help lift the crowd to 10,000 for the first time as Souths chase an eighth straight Charity Shield victory.

Mudgee officials are hoping to reach 10,000 fans for the first time on the back of the interest in Latrell Mitchell.Credit:AAP

"All the hype around Souths and Latrell has been wonderful publicity for this game," Kennedy said. "He reminds me so much of Greg Inglis. There was so much interest in Greg here a couple of years ago, and I'd say the interest in Latrell is on par.

"Latrell runs like GI he has the same aura about him, especially the way he stands after he scores a try with that bit of authority about him. We're looking forward to it."

Nine's legendary sports presenter and proud Mudgee resident Ken Sutcliffe said: "Latrell is the talking point up here, there's no doubt about that, as he was in the All Stars game because everyone wanted to see how he would go.

"He reminds me a bit of Arthur Beetson because Artie used to play centre early in his career, and this kid has a similar build. Maybe Latrell will never be cut like Sonny Bill Williams but if he shows fitness discipline he's a diamond in the making.

"I think he's so good for the game I'd be more than happy to pay to watch him play.

"Sam Burgess was the drawcard last year, and Latrell is this year.

"The thing about Latrell having a run in Mudgee, it's the best surface in Australia to get tackled on."

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