2022-06-15 11:54:00

The Daily Telegraph’s Brent Read believes Adam Reynolds’ omission from the Broncos side to face the Storm is not a “death sentence”.

The 31-year-old has been instrumental in the Red Hill club’s resurgence in 2022, currently sitting in fourth place on the ladder.

In Round 15, Kevin Walters’ men will face one of their toughest opponents yet, lining up against Craig Bellamy’s outfit without their playmaking maestro who has been sidelined due to a rib complaint.

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In the past, if the Broncos were missing a key player such as Payne Haas, pundits would expect the Brisbane side to fold, but now they can perform without their top players, such is the influence Adam Reynolds has had on the club.

“This is his fourth game he will miss, and he will probably miss a couple,” NRL360 co-host Paul Kent said.

“They have managed pretty good so far without him, but the bottom line is he is on the big-money to steer that footy side around the park,” The Daily Telegraph’s Phil Rothfield said.

“I think he is more than a player, he is an assistant coach virtually for Kevvie (Walters) and he is a huge huge loss for big games like this.”

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“I would say though, that him not being there earlier in the year would have had more of an effect on them, without him they have been pretty good this year,” Read said.

“I think that is an indication of the influence he has had off the field on those players and the way he has developed that team off the field.

“Having him on the field, they need him, he is important, but it is not a death sentence if he is not there.”

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The Rabbitohs only offered Reynolds a one-year extension early in the 2021 season, losing their halfback to the Broncos who tabled a three-year deal.

The Redfern club were said to be worried about Reynolds longevity and the Broncos were willing to gamble on the experienced playmaker.

Now, after sitting out of his fourth game in 15 rounds of football, Paul Kent believes the Rabbitohs decision still isn’t justified.

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“I think you are right Ready, the impact he has had on the young guys, the leadership he has brought, that winning culture and you know he has been worth the money whether he plays every game or not,” Anasta said.

“Although it does kind of justify Souths, over the three years he has already missed a number of games this year.”

“I don’t think it does, I don’t think it does because Souths are noticeably missing him, and the Broncos have shown the benefit of being at the Broncos right now is through the week he helps with the game plan,” Kent said.

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“He puts that together for them, not all of it, but he contributes significantly as far as their thinking, their planning for each week’s games.

“That is something that Souths, for whatever reason, are lacking at the moment, so you could argue over time it might prove the right decision, but I think right now if Souths had the opportunity they’d have him back.

“If Souths were flying I’d say yes (it was the right call) but they aren’t.”

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