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'It is getting solved in the background': Reyno drops huge contract hint - and all but confirms his post-career move

8th December, 2023
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Brisbane captain Adam Reynolds says he wants to move into coaching after playing a final season of NRL in 2025.

The streamlined Broncos No.7 returned to pre-season training in the gym on Friday at 80kg, five kilograms lighter than he played in the 2023 grand final.

The 33-year-old, off contract at the end of 2024, is on the verge of inking a one-year extension with the club.

“It is getting solved in the background,” Reynolds said.

“I still feel like I have more to give. My body is feeling good. I feel like I am playing good enough football to go around again.

“I am enjoying the club and I love being around the boys. It is pretty simple.”

Reynolds functions as a virtual extra assistant coach for Kevin Walters as he passes on his wisdom to rising stars Reece Walsh, Ezra Mam and the other younger players in the Broncos squad.

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It is a role he has embraced and wants to further post-career at the Broncos.

“I am pretty keen to go down that path. I love working with young fellas,” Reynolds said. 

“I came from a system at Souths where there were a lot of older players so you didn’t have to do too much outside of your job.

“Coming here it has been refreshing for myself to teach the younger fellas. 

“I think it helps you understand your own role better too. 

“You go over the processes and explain it to the younger fellas, slow it down and try and get them to understand what you are trying to achieve. 

“I enjoy giving that feedback and seeing them execute it.”

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Reynolds will be a more lithe figure in 2024. He’s only just returned officially to training but stripped 5kg off his frame training on his own.

“A lot of running … old school road runs, treadmill runs and I have been a bit cleaner with the diet,” Reynolds said of his methods.

“I just think it is easier at the back-end of your career to play a bit lighter and get around the field a bit easier. 

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“You talk to past players and they say they found it easier being a bit lighter at the back end.”

Reynolds said the early release of 30-year-old second rower Kurt Capewell to the Warriors in 2024 would have a “huge impact on the club”.

“He’s done such a wonderful job on the field, but I think the part off the field is where you get the most value out of Kurt with his professionalism around training and the standards he sets,” Reynolds said.

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“He was a big part of why we had success last season. 

“There is a big hole there and it’s up to these young boys to step up and take a bit of ownership and really grow.”

Reynolds said he expected 21-year-old  back-rower Brendan Piakura, who came off the bench in the NRL grand final, to fill the breach.

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