Wayne Bennett has blasted talk that South Sydney skipper Adam Reynolds is on restricted duties as he fights for his future at the Rabbitohs.
Souths officials are refusing to budge on a one-year deal for Reynolds, opening the door for the local junior to consider deals from rival teams like North Queensland.
Bennett, however, is more angered about reports that Reynolds has been on restricted training since fracturing his back in 2019.
The halfback’s camp is annoyed that this information has been leaked to clubs like the Cowboys in a bid to undermine his value on the market.
Bennett understands why Reynolds is frustrated.
“And so he should be – it does him no justice,” Bennett fumed.
“You all come to a lot of the training sessions here and unless he is genuinely injured, he doesn’t miss the sessions.
“He trains great, and he had a great pre-season with us this year. He has had no major problems expect for a bit of a hamstring there.”
Wayne Bennett has sprung to the defence of South Sydney halfback and captain Adam Reynolds. Picture: Matt King/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Reynolds was seen wearing a non-contact training bib at Souths training on Monday, but Bennett denied his playmaker was on restricted duties.
“You all come to training and how many times do you see him missing training?” he reasoned.
“The worst injury he got he put a little band-aid on it. I thought he had broken his hand, but he just put a little band-aid on it.
“That was the last time I’d seen an injury from him.”
Bennett revealed Reynolds had constantly defied serious injury during his tenure at Souths, especially during the super coach’s first season at the Rabbitohs in 2019 when he bravely fought on despite fracturing his vertebrae.
“He played with the broken back,” he said.
“He got a knee in the back against Parramatta, and he stayed on for the whole game.
“No one realised the severity of the injury that he had, but he stayed out there even though he was very sore and could hardly move.
“There was lots of courage, and as I’ve said, I’ve had no major problems with him at training.”
Bennett has blasted talk Reynolds is on restricted duties. Picture: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images.Source:Getty Images
Bennett absolutely adores Reynolds as a player, and it’s why he would retain him if he were remaining at Redfern.
“Well, I just know how hard it is to develop a halfback, so when you’ve got an experienced one you don’t like to let them go,” he said.
“But I think it (Reynolds’ contract) will be resolved pretty soon.
“There is an important meeting on today (Wednesday) I understand, so the management people here know their position and they will reinforce that.
“Then Adam and his management have a decision to make.”
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