Star South Sydney halfback Adam Reynolds has signed a three-year deal with the Brisbane Broncos beginning next season.
The news was made official by both clubs this morning after NRL.com reported on rumours a deal had been agreed to yesterday.
Brisbane coach Kevin Walters said the signing of Reynolds was “a real endorsement” of the Broncos’ direction and future.
“Adam is a fantastic signing for our Club – his leadership and game management are outstanding and he will really help bring out the best in our squad,” said Walters.
“He is skilful, he loves to compete and he wants to win, and importantly he is a family man and highly regarded off the field, those are all things that we want in a Brisbane Broncos player.
“I keep saying that we have a terrific core group of committed players and the future is bright,” he said.
South Sydney CEO, Blake Solly, blamed salary cap issues on the club’s inability to offer him a satisfactory deal.
“We have always understood Adam’s position and we’re happy for him that he has been able to secure a contract with another club that meets his and his family’s needs,” he said.
“We’re all looking forward to working with Adam for the rest of this season and we’ll give him all of the support he needs in his role as captain to lead our Club to its 22nd premiership,” he said.
Drawn-out contract negotiations between Reynolds and Souths have been one of the bigger talking points this season, with the 30-year-old halfback looking for a long-term deal and Souths reportedly not keen on offering him one due to his age.
Speculation had ramped up in recent weeks that he could be poached by either Brisbane or the Cronulla Sharks for 2022 and beyond, but the Sydney-native looks to have chosen Red Hill as his new home.
Souths had been implored to re-sign their halfback in recent weeks, with Roar columnist Scott Pryde declaring his departure would “end their premiership window”.
The Rabbitohs lost to the Melbourne Storm by a score of 50-0 in his absence last week, but he is scheduled to return from his thumb injury this weekend against the Sharks.