Josh Reynolds has put his hand up to be the man that solves arguably the biggest question mark hanging over the Wests Tigers this NRL season.
Who wears the No.9 jumper vacated by retired champion Robbie Farah? After spending 25 minutes in the role during Saturday’s pre-season loss to Penrith, Reynolds insists he can be the answer.
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“I’d love to, 100 per cent,” Reynolds said.
“That’s what I’m striving for. I just want to be a part of this team. I’ve got a really, really good feeling that we’re moving in the right direction.”
Tigers coach Michael Maguire has a number of options at his disposal, and began the Panthers trial with new utility Billy Walters at dummy-half.
Walters, the son of Queensland State of Origin coach Kevin, was solid without being spectacular in his 40 minutes before being replaced by Reynolds.
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The former Canterbury playmaker tried hard to spark their attack at five-eighth, but had little opportunity to probe once changing roles.
Moses Mbye could also shift positions, while speculation continues to mount about a player swap with Melbourne involving talent prospect Harry Grant.
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Grant impressed in the Storm’s hitout against the Warriors on Saturday. Reynolds, who played in his first match since being cleared to play as he faces domestic violence charges, was also open to playing a bench role.
The former NSW State of Origin five-eighth could play in the halves, or inject some relief for whoever starts the game in the No.9.
“I’d love to be playing, obviously the hooker spot’s up for grabs, a bit of utility if I don’t get the hooker role,” Reynolds said.
Josh Reynolds in action against the broncos last season.Source:AAP
“It’s not fun – you’re copping black eyes left, right and centre – but I felt really good.
“My motor felt good, and we defended a lot in that second half when I was hooker so I think that’s a good sign. My attack will come.
“I played a bit of hooker in the past but I’m actually enjoying the role. “I actually enjoy going to training and being a bit vulnerable because I don’t know exactly what to do. It’s a good feeling. It’s a big challenge. I reckon I’m up for it.” Maguire is expected to reveal his plan for the role when he takes a squad of 23 for their final warm-up against the Warriors in Rotorua next week.
Originally published asThe Tigers need a No.9. Josh Reynolds just put his hand up for the role
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