Josh Reynolds (born 13 April 1989) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays as a five-eighth for the Wests Tigers in the NRL. A New South Wales State of Origin representative, he previously played for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs with whom he reached two NRL Grand finals. Reynolds has also been selected to play for City Origin and the Prime Minister's XIII.
|Born||13 April 1989|
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||185 cm (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||90 kg (14 st 2 lb)|
As of 9 September 2018
Reynolds played for the Illawarra Steelers in the Harold Matthews Cup and then the Bulldogs team in the SG Ball competition before progressing to the Toyota Cup in 2008. In 2008 and 2009, Reynolds played for the Bulldogs in the under 20s before moving onto the ranks of the New South Wales Cup. Reynolds was named the Bulldogs' 2010 NSW Cup player of the year as well as scoring two tries and kicking four goals, for a personal haul of 16 points, in their 24-12 grand final win over the Windsor Wolves.
In round 11, Reynolds made his NRL debut for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, playing against the Canberra Raiders at hooker in the 20-12 loss at Canberra Stadium. In round 15, against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, he scored his first NRL try in the Bulldogs 26-10 win at ANZ Stadium. Reynolds finished his debut year in the NRL with 4 tries from 10 matches.
On 30 September, in the 2012 NRL Grand Final match against the Melbourne Storm, Reynolds played at five-eighth in the Bulldogs 14-4 loss. He finished his impressive season having played in all of the Bulldogs 27 matches and scoring 10 tries, which was the first time since Terry Lamb that a Bulldogs five-eighth had scored more than 10 tries in a season.
For game 1 of the 2013 State of Origin series, Reynolds was selected to fill in for the injured Kurt Gidley on the interchange bench but did not get a run on the field. He retained his bench spot for game 2, making his official New South Wales debut in the 26-6 loss at Suncorp Stadium. Reynolds wasn't chosen for game 3. Reynolds finished the 2013 NRL season with him playing in 23 matches and scoring 9 tries for the Bulldogs.
Reynolds was selected to play for NSW City in the City vs Country Origin match playing at five-eighth, and scored a try in the 26-all draw in Dubbo. Reynolds was chosen as New South Wales five-eighth alongside Bulldogs halves partner Trent Hodkinson for all three games of the 2014 State of Origin series, during which the Blues ended Queensland's 8-series winning streak. On 5 October 2014, in the 2014 NRL Grand Final match against the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Reynolds played at five-eighth in the Bulldogs' 30-6 loss. Reynolds finished the year with 19 matches and 2 tries for the Bulldogs.
Reynolds was selected for the City Origin team at five-eighth as an audition for the vacant five-eighth position for New South Wales. He was penalised and placed on report twice in the second half, one for an attempted trip on Country forward Tariq Sims as he scored a try in the 52nd minute, and in the 77th minute for a shoulder charge on fullback David Mead. He was suspended for one week, and not selected for the Blues team. In the week 1 Elimination Final match against the St George Illawarra Dragons, Reynolds kicked a field goal to win the match for the Bulldogs 11-10 in golden point extra time. He finished the season with 17 matches, scoring 3 tries and kicking 2 field goals.
In round 4, against the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Reynolds played his 100th NRL career match in the Bulldogs 42-12 win at ANZ Stadium. In round 8, against the Gold Coast Titans, he kicked a field goal in golden point extra time to win the match for the Bulldogs 21-20. Reynolds finished the season with 8 tries and 2 field goals from 25 matches.
In February, Reynolds was captain of the Bulldogs 2017 Auckland Nines squad. On 26 April, after weeks of speculation where Reynolds would go after the season's end, he signed a four year contract with the Wests Tigers. The value was believed to be around 3 million over four years. It was quoted in many articles that he "felt sick" about leaving the Bulldogs. His influence on team mates also evident when club captain, James Graham, appeared visibly upset on the TV show NRL 360 whilst talking of Reynolds departure at the end of the year. In Round 18 against the Newcastle Knights, in his final game at Belmore Oval, he was sent off a winner at the death, with Moses Mbye running 70 metres to score the match winning try, afterwards the crowd ran onto the field to celebrate with Reynolds after securing a 20-18 victory. In Round 26 against the St George Illawarra Dragons, Reynolds played his last match in Bulldogs colours but injured his ankle in process of scoring his try and sat out most of his farewell match in the 26-20 win at ANZ Stadium. Reynolds finished his last year with the Bulldogs with 5 tries from 17 matches.
After the departure of Aaron Woods, Reynolds was named as one of 5 co-captains at Wests Tigers, alongside Benji Marshall, Chris Lawrence, Russell Packer and Elijah Taylor. Coach Ivan Cleary said, "I just think it's the right model for us right now. When we started this preseason it was pretty obvious straight away that there was no real pecking order. There was no set culture to adhere to. It was all new."
Named at five-eighth for round 1, Reynolds was a late withdrawal with a hamstring tear. Reynolds then made his long awaited debut in round 6 against The Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles but suffered a shoulder bone fracture and was ruled out for at least 4–6 weeks. On 17 July, Reynolds was ruled out for the season with a shoulder injury, having scored 2 tries from his 5 appearances.
Reynolds was not selected for first-grade in the opening rounds, playing for the Western Suburbs Magpies feeder team instead. New coach Michael Maguire said, "He's had some issues with his body over the last couple of years and it's going to take some time. I just want to see him get out and enjoy his football." With an injury to Benji Marshall, Reynolds made his return to first grade in round 4, setting up 2 tries and getting a further 2 repeat sets with his kicking game in a Man of the Match performance. After getting a further 2 repeat sets in round 5, commentator Braith Anasta said, "He’s becoming a master at these kicks. He gets the timing and the depth of the kicks and he’s the first one there in the chase."
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