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[SMH] Hot head to cool head: Resurgent Reynolds turns over a new leaf
Hot head to cool head: Resurgent Reynolds turns over a new leaf
CHRISTIAN NICOLUSSI APRIL 17, 2019
Josh Reynolds is fast leaving his hot head reputation behind – those closest to him saying they have noticed a certain calmness creep into his game and life.
"He brings that energy on the field but he’s developed a calmness about him, I’ve noticed it, and he’s slowed things up here,’’ said Benji Marshall, pointing to his head.
"You can still do things fast, but if you think slow it’s noticeable.
"As a half he is finding that balance between slowing things down upstairs and not doing some of that stupid s–t he used to do.’’
Reynolds has been a standout in his two games back in the NRL, and will prove a handful for Parramatta next Monday.
Even if he were fit for selection, Marshall said there was no way he would have reclaimed his No. 6 jersey from his good mate because of his form.
"I wouldn’t deserve to be put ahead of him, just because of what he has brought to the team the past couple of weeks,’’ Marshall said.
"With his energy it feels like we’re playing an up-tempo game. He brings everyone else up to another level.
"With the kick chase, he’s so far ahead of everyone else, there’s no excuse for anyone else not to be up there with him.’’
Marshall is a chance to return from a hamstring injury next week in Tamworth but is more likely to bounce back in round eight against the Sydney Roosters at the SCG.
Reynolds has been mocked by the Tigers’ medical staff for stringing together successive games after what was a trying first year at the club last season.
"I’ve played four games in a row if you count the two Canterbury Cup games,’’ a smiling Reynolds said.
"I’m flying now. We have a little joke in the physio room and they’re like, ‘Four games, you must be proud’, and ‘I’m like, boys, give me something’.
"I know I should have played a lot more games and I’ve been unlucky with injury.
"I’ve just realised I don’t need to try and set the world on fire – I’ve come to terms with the fact I don’t have to prove myself every week.
"People know what I’m about. Life is good, and when that’s good, it helps with footy.
"I know my role here, and if I do it every week, that’s good enough.
"I feel like I’m getting back to my old self. I’m really enjoying my footy. I’ve dumbed it down a bit. I’m not running a million miles an hour when I don’t need to. I’m picking my moments.
"I feel like I’m moving forward and if I continue to do that it will improve the team.’’
Reynolds said he was comfortable with his role when a five-eighth to organising halfback Trent Hodkinson at Canterbury. But he later lost his way playing in the halves at the Bulldogs with Moses Mbye, who played a similar running role to Reynolds.
Then Reynolds lost his way a little further when he arrived at Concord as the big-money recruit, only to struggle with injury.
Reynolds said he had worked hard on his kicking game, which had helped take the pressure off halfback Luke Brooks.
And should Reynolds continue to impress in a winning Tigers team, Marshall knows he will be forced to bide his time on the bench or even reserve grade – either of which he will accept for the good of the team.
Marshall said of his dodgy hamstring: "They’ve given me an extra week to try and play in Tamworth, and if not the week after.
"I tore my hamstring and it was what they call a ‘one-and-a-half grade’. There was also a bit of bleeding on the tendon.
"I’ve run at about 90 per cent on Tuesday, so I’m getting there. The plan is to have a full week of running at 100 per cent. The last thing I want to do if it’s my last year is to risk [further] injury. Look at Tommy ‘Turbo’ [Trbojevic]. As much as I want to play now, it’s better to wait because it’s a long season.’’
[SMH] Benji predicts Moses will still live up to 'next big thing' tag
Benji predicts Moses will still live up to ‘next big thing’ tag
CHRISTIAN NICOLUSSI APRIL 17, 2019
Benji Marshall recalls Wests Tigers premiership coach Tim Sheens praising Mitchell Moses as a 17-year-old.
"I remember Tim talked about him and how he was going to be one of the next big things in the game, along with James Tedesco,’’ Marshall told the Herald.
"I think Mitch will still reach that potential, and he’s building towards it.
"Tim saw his maturity, his talent, class – Mitch has all those things.
"He’s always been an unbelievable talent. What we’ve seen the last few weeks is he looks comfortable in his role, he looks calm, and like he wants to own that Parramatta team.
"I’m really happy for him. It was a tough year last year for him. There was a bit of talk about him being released. I think he’s found his niche there.’’
Moses was one of the Tigers’ big four – with Tedesco, Luke Brooks and Aaron Woods – before he was released mid-season in 2017 to link with the Eels.
It was a messy exit and plenty of Tigers fans have found it tough to forgive him.
Moses remains good friends with Tigers halfback Brooks and while they are no longer housemates, still went out at Christmas together and splurged on a couple of jet-skis.
The 24-year-old has started the year in style for the blue and golds and now shapes as the Tigers’ biggest threat.
Josh Reynolds, now the proud owner of Moses’ No.6 jersey, said of the Eels playmaker: "I’ve always rated Mitch as a player. He plays the short sides nearly the best out of anyone in the game, so we’ll have to be on to that
"He’s definitely stepped it up a level, probably since Corey Norman left.
"They may have been fighting for that dominant half role, then you saw Brad Arthur come out and say to Mitch, ‘This is your team’, and it’s worked.
"He’s good at organising and he’s got a competitive nature as well. Parra are going well, they lost their five-eighth [Dylan Brown], but Mitch seems to enjoy that pressure on him.’’
Balmain great and Moses’ uncle Benny Elias was impressed Sheens identified him at 17, but told the Herald: "I identified him at 14. He was a Parramatta junior, I went to 'Rocket Reddy who was in charge of recruitment, Roy Spagnolo was the chairman and Paul Osborne was the CEO, I told the three of them, ‘This kid is special, he’s a cracker, and if you don’t want him, we’ll steal him from you’. I was on the Balmain board and I said I’ll being him over to the Tigers, and they said, ‘You can have him’.
"We signed him up at Holy Cross, he did years 11 and 12 and became a Tigers junior.
"I’ll be going for the Tigers on Monday, but for Mitch to be the man of the match in a losing side
"He’s a way more mature kid, he’s focused, and since Corey has left he’s taken responsibility and ownership of that team – and you can see it on the paddock.’’
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