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Unread post by Geo. » Sat 11 Nov, 2017 7:11 pm

Anxious Reynolds wants to repay Tigers


Anxious Reynolds wants to repay Tigers
Sat, Nov 11, 2017 - 06:00PM
By ‌Michael Chammas‌‌, ‌NRL.com
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It was 5.45am on Thursday. Josh Reynolds was driving to Concord for his first training session with the Wests Tigers 24 hours after touching down in Sydney following his trip to the United States. Then it hit him.

“I don’t know if it was a panic attack or what, but I honestly had a bit of anxiety,” Reynolds told NRL.com.

“The thought of meeting new people, doing new things … it got me. I get a bit anxious sometimes and I overthink things. And about 15 minutes away from the ground, that’s what I started doing.”


Reynolds talks from the heart. Plays from it, too.

Sometimes that brings out the best in him. Other times, it gets the better of him.

The Wests Tigers, under Ivan Cleary, have moved to build a roster that competes. A roster that doesn’t go missing. Players who choose to be effective over pretty.

Reynolds fits that to a tee. He’s played in grand finals and Origins – all the things one day worth telling the grandkids.

Yet the 28-year-old still can’t shrug this sense of dissatisfaction with what he’s accomplished as he enters the next chapter of his career as a Tiger.

“I don’t want to be sitting there in 20 years and say I did a couple of good things,” Reynolds said sitting in the stands at Concord Oval in his first week at the joint venture club.

“My career has been crazy. Early on I got to a grand final and got lucky enough to play Origin. But now I have dropped out of that whole equation. It’s made me really have a think about things. Why not aim high? Why not try to be like the Thurstons and Cam Smiths and play good footy week in and week out. They’re not superhuman. I can do it too.

“I’m not saying I can be as good as them, but for my standard, why can’t I be consistently the best I can be? I just want to give this club everything I’ve got. For them to give me a four-year deal – it just feels so good to be wanted. It’s a really nice feeling and I want to repay them for what they have done for me.”

Right time for change

Reynolds is where he wants to be. Maybe not where he wanted to be if you asked him six months ago, but things have changed.

The anger has subsided. The emotion has worn out. And the reality of having to step out of his comfort zone into foreign surroundings has him buzzing with excitement.

“I was angry at certain people because I never wanted to leave. But now that I’m here, I’m starting to realise how much I needed this change in my life.”

In Tiger Town, what’s old is new again this summer. There are some familiar faces returning home, none more so than Benji Marshall.

But don’t be mistaken. The face of the club won’t be the man who once wore the No.6 jersey, but he who will wear it next season.

Reynolds knows it too. He’s the big off-season signing with the price tag and expectation to match.

“I know if I have a couple of bad games people are going to say ‘oh, he’s not worth the money’,” Reynolds says.

“I’d be dead-set lying if I said I didn’t feel the pressure of living up to it.”

But that pressure won’t be coming from within. Reynolds was only a few hours into his tenure at the Tigers when Cleary put his mind at ease.

“I hope Ivan doesn’t get angry at me for telling you this, but he said something in a meeting that took a bit of the pressure off me straight away,” Reynolds said.

“He said: ‘the superstar of our team is the team’. I can’t tell you how good that made me feel because I’m definitely no superstar. I’m happy to admit that.”

No more second-guessing

For the most part of 2017, Reynolds looked a shadow of the player that once led Canterbury to two grand finals and helped NSW to a drought-breaking State of Origin series triumph.

It wasn’t the fact he was leaving. “I’m not that sort of guy who will give up,” he said.

But everyone could see it just wasn’t working for the Dogs. And the robotic and somewhat predictable style of football enforced by then coach Des Hasler ate away at the very thing that made Reynolds so successful in the early part of his career.

“I was trying to be someone I wasn’t,” Reynolds said.

“Someone I never will be. I was being influenced by people around me and I thought I was losing my best attributes. I was losing what got me here in the first place. When I was young and coming through you just back yourself so much. I’d be like, ‘you know what, I’m going to do this’. And it might not come off that time, but the next time it will.

“I was thinking about what pass to play or what kick to put in this position. Second-guessing yourself is the worst thing you can do. And doubt – I definitely had doubt last year. But Ivan said to me in one of our first meetings that he just wanted me to come in and be Josh Reynolds. That was honestly one of the things that got me over the line. I think I needed to hear that. I don’t want to be Thurston. I can’t be. They are a class above, mate. But for the Tigers to put that faith in me, I needed that.”

Reynolds has messaged a few of the Tigers players he knew, seeking reassurance.

“You would think they would try and make me feel better,” Reynolds joked.

“I was telling them ‘man, I’m heaps nervous’, just to get them to tell me ‘nah man you’ll be sweet’. But no one was saying that.”

Driving a new culture

Reynolds is aware of the perception of him among those who don’t know him. Some future teammates may not like him. But the “Grub” nickname he gained for his competitiveness on the field isn’t an accurate representation of a player considered by on-field comrades as the ultimate teammate.

When he signed with the Tigers he reached out to Luke Brooks. He told him he wasn’t coming to take over but to be the foil Brooks needed to finally live up to the potential his talent should have yielded by now.

“I messaged him to tell him how happy I was to play with him next year,” Reynolds said.

“I think he will thrive because I said ‘you just steer the ship’. That’s when he is at his best. Because he is a genuine half. I feel like I’m a genuine five-eighth. I feel like we can get this combination going where he sets it all up and I just play off the back off it. I really think it will work.

“With him and Mitch Moses, given they came through at the same time and both probably wanted to be the more dominant person. And you do. When you’re younger you want to create your own identity and prove yourself. But I’m at a stage in my career where that doesn’t bother me and I can say ‘you be dominant, mate, and whatever you do I’ll go with. Just make sure you back yourself’. You can tell he has all the attributes and hopefully I can help bring that out in him.”

Most will judge the Reynolds signature by results. And rightly so. But the Wests Tigers paid for more than just a footballer.

They paid for a fighter. They paid for a selfless mentality. They paid for a face of the club. But they also paid for a man who will drive a culture the club has craved since its glory days of the 2005 title run.

“As long as people in here know we’re all one team and we’re all on the same level, whether you’ve played 40 Origins or debuting,” he said.

“That’s probably the best culture to create. That’s what I want to be a part of.”

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2. The Star of the Team is the Team
3. Be the player your teammates want to play with..
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Geo nailed it...


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Unread post by Geo. » Sat 11 Nov, 2017 7:15 pm

Cue...Happy...

Champion qualities Team to be a Team of Champions..

Ivan "‘the superstar of our team is the team’
Ivan's Laws

1. You are either on the Bus or you are off..
2. The Star of the Team is the Team
3. Be the player your teammates want to play with..
Tiger Watto wrote:
Fri 03 Nov, 2017 8:07 am
Geo nailed it...

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Unread post by GNR4LIFE » Sat 11 Nov, 2017 7:23 pm

Great to see him finally in our colours, representing our club. Handles himself with class.

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Unread post by willow » Sat 11 Nov, 2017 7:23 pm

He's been liable to the occasion brain melt on the field during the years, but I think he's at that stage in his career and life now that he will be a great signing for us.

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Unread post by happy tiger » Sat 11 Nov, 2017 7:27 pm

Geo. wrote:
Sat 11 Nov, 2017 7:15 pm
Cue...Happy...

Champion qualities Team to be a Team of Champions..

Ivan "‘the superstar of our team is the team’
With the personnel we have it's the only way it might work

15 other sides won't be looking at us with any great concerns


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Unread post by Balmainbred » Sat 11 Nov, 2017 7:44 pm

sounds like he has come to us with the attitude of being a team player i think a lot of players will benefit of running of josh hope he stays healthy and has a standout year good luck welcome aboard

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Unread post by gallagher » Sat 11 Nov, 2017 7:51 pm

happy tiger wrote:
Sat 11 Nov, 2017 7:27 pm
Geo. wrote:
Sat 11 Nov, 2017 7:15 pm
Cue...Happy...

Champion qualities Team to be a Team of Champions..

Ivan "‘the superstar of our team is the team’
With the personnel we have it's the only way it might work

15 other sides won't be looking at us with any great concerns
That can be an advantage. A big advantage.

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Unread post by happy tiger » Sat 11 Nov, 2017 7:55 pm

gallagher wrote:
Sat 11 Nov, 2017 7:51 pm
happy tiger wrote:
Sat 11 Nov, 2017 7:27 pm
Geo. wrote:
Sat 11 Nov, 2017 7:15 pm
Cue...Happy...

Champion qualities Team to be a Team of Champions..

Ivan "‘the superstar of our team is the team’
With the personnel we have it's the only way it might work

15 other sides won't be looking at us with any great concerns
That can be an advantage. A big advantage.
Possibly , but teams learn weekly from what they see

Unless you have the personnel you won't get far

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Unread post by Geo. » Sat 11 Nov, 2017 7:58 pm

“I know if I have a couple of bad games people are going to say ‘oh, he’s not worth the money’,” Reynolds says.
Josh been reading the forum... :lol:
Ivan's Laws

1. You are either on the Bus or you are off..
2. The Star of the Team is the Team
3. Be the player your teammates want to play with..
Tiger Watto wrote:
Fri 03 Nov, 2017 8:07 am
Geo nailed it...

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Unread post by gallagher » Sat 11 Nov, 2017 8:00 pm

happy tiger wrote:
Sat 11 Nov, 2017 7:55 pm
gallagher wrote:
Sat 11 Nov, 2017 7:51 pm
happy tiger wrote:
Sat 11 Nov, 2017 7:27 pm
Geo. wrote:
Sat 11 Nov, 2017 7:15 pm
Cue...Happy...

Champion qualities Team to be a Team of Champions..

Ivan "‘the superstar of our team is the team’
With the personnel we have it's the only way it might work

15 other sides won't be looking at us with any great concerns
That can be an advantage. A big advantage.
Possibly , but teams learn weekly from what they see

Unless you have the personnel you won't get far
No doubt, just being the underdog won't win you games. But plenty of times, teams not rated highly go a full season before other teams work them out. No one worked the raiders out last year but were ready for them this year. Parra got away with it this year until they hit the semis.
Consistency gets you into the 8.

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Unread post by Earl » Sat 11 Nov, 2017 8:31 pm

I'm one who thinks he isn't worth the money especially on a 4 year deal. I hope I'm wrong.

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Unread post by goldcoast tiger » Sun 12 Nov, 2017 12:31 am

For one moment when I saw the heading, I thought he was going to give us a discount on his contract money.

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Unread post by supercoach » Sun 12 Nov, 2017 5:03 am

Earl wrote:
Sat 11 Nov, 2017 8:31 pm
I'm one who thinks he isn't worth the money especially on a 4 year deal. I hope I'm wrong.
When you run close to the bottom of the comp for a few years and be club emerged in drama, that is the sort of money you have to pay to attract any player who is rated above average. I also think four years is maybe a year or two long, but we probably had no choice.
I also think he is just the player we need for the coming season, with so many new faces we need a player like him to build up the team spirit

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Unread post by NT Tiger » Sun 12 Nov, 2017 7:55 am

supercoach wrote:
Sun 12 Nov, 2017 5:03 am
Earl wrote:
Sat 11 Nov, 2017 8:31 pm
I'm one who thinks he isn't worth the money especially on a 4 year deal. I hope I'm wrong.
When you run close to the bottom of the comp for a few years and be club emerged in drama, that is the sort of money you have to pay to attract any player who is rated above average. I also think four years is maybe a year or two long, but we probably had no choice.
I also think he is just the player we need for the coming season, with so many new faces we need a player like him to build up the team spirit
Good assessment. I agree.
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Unread post by hammertime » Sun 12 Nov, 2017 8:21 am

supercoach wrote:
Sun 12 Nov, 2017 5:03 am
Earl wrote:
Sat 11 Nov, 2017 8:31 pm
I'm one who thinks he isn't worth the money especially on a 4 year deal. I hope I'm wrong.
When you run close to the bottom of the comp for a few years and be club emerged in drama, that is the sort of money you have to pay to attract any player who is rated above average. I also think four years is maybe a year or two long, but we probably had no choice.
I also think he is just the player we need for the coming season, with so many new faces we need a player like him to build up the team spirit
With Reynolds loving the Bulldogs as much as he did, it sent a strong message about the Tigers when he moved over. He wasn't just another bloke off contract, he was someone a club would have to give a strong reason to move to shift from a club he loved so much.

It shocked people and countered the brand damage of Woodsy/Ted doing the reverse a tad. We really needed it at that point.

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Unread post by GNR4LIFE » Sun 12 Nov, 2017 8:28 am

supercoach wrote:
Sun 12 Nov, 2017 5:03 am
Earl wrote:
Sat 11 Nov, 2017 8:31 pm
I'm one who thinks he isn't worth the money especially on a 4 year deal. I hope I'm wrong.
When you run close to the bottom of the comp for a few years and be club emerged in drama, that is the sort of money you have to pay to attract any player who is rated above average. I also think four years is maybe a year or two long, but we probably had no choice.
I also think he is just the player we need for the coming season, with so many new faces we need a player like him to build up the team spirit
And some wonder why we couldn't attract Cronk. If we had to pay 750 for Reynolds (which many consider as overs) how much would we have had to pay for Cronk?

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Unread post by innsaneink » Sun 12 Nov, 2017 8:30 am

gallagher wrote:
Sat 11 Nov, 2017 7:51 pm
happy tiger wrote:
Sat 11 Nov, 2017 7:27 pm
Geo. wrote:
Sat 11 Nov, 2017 7:15 pm
Cue...Happy...

Champion qualities Team to be a Team of Champions..

Ivan "‘the superstar of our team is the team’
With the personnel we have it's the only way it might work

15 other sides won't be looking at us with any great concerns
That can be an advantage. A big advantage.
How often do you hear players say: "theres no easy games" & "if your even just 1 or 2% off your game youll get beat"
We wont be getting any favours and wont be doing it easy....if we go well it will be us, all us... not the opposition's not respecting us

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Unread post by gallagher » Sun 12 Nov, 2017 8:42 am

innsaneink wrote:
Sun 12 Nov, 2017 8:30 am
gallagher wrote:
Sat 11 Nov, 2017 7:51 pm
happy tiger wrote:
Sat 11 Nov, 2017 7:27 pm
Geo. wrote:
Sat 11 Nov, 2017 7:15 pm
Cue...Happy...

Champion qualities Team to be a Team of Champions..

Ivan "‘the superstar of our team is the team’
With the personnel we have it's the only way it might work

15 other sides won't be looking at us with any great concerns
That can be an advantage. A big advantage.
How often do you hear players say: "theres no easy games" & "if your even just 1 or 2% off your game youll get beat"
We wont be getting any favours and wont be doing it easy....if we go well it will be us, all us... not the opposition's not respecting us
Yeah, I've heard the cliches plenty of times. I've also seen teams go into games expecting an easy win and coming away with s loss.

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