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Josh Reynolds: A sad way to finish

With the calf strain he picked up last night, Josh Reynolds may have pulled on the famous blue and white jersey for the last time.

This is not how Josh Reynolds’ time with the Bulldogs was meant to end. The fiery five-eighth may well have donned the Canterbury jersey for the last time after picking up a calf injury in the 28-14 loss to the Rabbitohs.

A true fighter

He’s never been one to shy away from a contest and was always far more likely to charge in head first. But Reynolds was a sorry sight as he limped from the field against the Bunnies. He tugged the heartstrings of even the most hardened fan of the game when he was shown with his head buried in his hands, clearly expecting the worst on another forgettable night for his teammates.

The seven-year Bulldogs veteran will switch to the Wests Tigers ahead of the 2018 season and could well have played the last of his 137 games as one of Belmore’s favourite sons.


His coach, the under fire Des Hasler, confirmed that scans will be conducted today to understand the full extent of the injury but ominously added: “calves don’t always have the happiest of endings.” Reynolds isn’t set for a happy ending either.

A fan favourite

Should the injury bring the curtain down on his Bulldogs career, Reynolds will depart as a fan-favourite. He will always be the man who was chaired off the ground in his last game at Belmore Oval, as a sea of Canterbury fans swamped the pitch after their side snatched a late win against Newcastle.

The Bulldogs attack was sputtering and uninspiring again, scoring just two points in the first half before adding two tries in the second half of a disheartening loss.

Even their second half tries required an element of luck, with Chase Stanley snatching up a loose ball after a Matt Frawley bomb while captain James Graham barged over from close range to grab his first try of the season.

The end?

Today’s scans will give us more insight into the immediate future of the Dog’s pivot. Whether Reynolds runs back out onto the football field with a Bulldogs jersey isn’t yet determined, but the end is in sight and he’ll be a key figure for the Tigers in 2018.

Drafted in by the Tigers as a much-needed experienced half, Reynolds could hold the key to unlocking the undoubted talent of youngster Luke Brooks as a steady right-hand man. The Tigers will join the Bulldogs in sweating over Reynolds’ injury.

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Daniel Lang

Rugby League & Cricket editor at RealSport.

Daniel is a passionate advocate for the game of rugby league and the development of the sport across the world and, as such, writes with a zeal and determination to spread the gospel of the game.

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Josh Reynolds: A sad way to finish

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