“Every player in the NRL wants to play rep games. For me, I idolise the likes of Andrew Johns and Brad Fittler and always aspired to be where they were,” he said.
After helping the Rabbitohs to a breakthrough premiership in 2014, the 25-year-old was in the frame for a Blues debut last year before breaking his leg in Souths’ infamous Good Friday win over Canterbury.
Reynolds believed he was ready to play his first Blues game then, but said he is a more accomplished playmaker now.
“I felt ready last year but in saying that I’m better off now than what I was last year,” he said.
“I’ve learnt a lot over the past 12 months and I feel I have more of a knowledge of the game and that I’m way better off for it.”
Reynolds said he was banking on his grand final-winning experience with the Rabbitohs to help him deal with the pressure that comes with steering the Blues’ ship against the might of the Maroons.
Queensland are gunning for their 10th series win in 11 years.
“Any halfback cops a fair bit of flak and pressure. This game will be no different,” he said.
“I was lucky enough to experience a big game in the grand final and there was a fair bit of pressure there as well so I’m just looking forward to the opportunity and having a great week with the boys.
“You’re playing against the best and you’re with the best so for me it’s about building combinations and growing throughout the week before transferring that into the game.”
It was the one State of Origin award Billy Slater couldn’t win. Sydney Roosters fullback James Tedesco was crowned NSW’s best player from their 2018 series victory on Monday night, earning his maiden Brad Fittler Medal. Controversially overlooked by Kangaroos selectors for the Wally Lewis player of the series, Tedesco was the Blues’ best in […]
It’s been a week since Game 3 of Origin and with pretty much any discussion on the game revolving around post-match drama I figured I’d take the opportunity to remind everyone that a game did in fact take place prior to the awards ceremony.
Since 2004, the Wally Lewis Medal has been one of the most prestigious awards in rugby league, given to the best player at the end of the State of Origin series. Handing that accolade to a player who only played two of the three games has devalued it forever.