The Daily Telegraph’s Phil Rothfield believes Adam Reynolds’ latest injury casts doubt over whether he will be able to see out his deal with the Brisbane Broncos.
The 31-year-old has been instrumental in the Red Hill club’s resurgence in 2022 as they currently sit in fourth place on the ladder.
But the Broncos will be without the playmaker in Round 15 as they face one of their toughest opponents yet in a red-hot Melbourne Storm.
Reynolds suffered suspected broken ribs last round and faces a stint on the sidelines.
The NRL360 panel discussed the impact Reynolds’ absence would have on the Broncos.
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“This is his fourth game he will miss, and he will probably miss a couple,” 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 he is not a death sentence if he is not there.”
The conversation then switched to whether South Sydney were justified in only offering Reynolds a one-year extension, a move that ultimately led him to depart Redfern.
The Rabbitohs were said to be worried about Reynolds longevity and the Broncos were willing to gamble on the experienced playmaker.
“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,” NRL360 host Braith Anasta said .
“Although it does kind of justify Souths, over the three years he has already missed a number of games this year.”
Phil Rothfield agreed and said there were concerns Reynolds would be unable to see out his Broncos deal.
“I think Souths call is almost justified,” he said. You saw the vision of him limping off and he looked totally broken.
“This is a three year deal at Brisbane. But the signs aren’t encouraging that he will be fit for the third year.”
Kent, however, disagreed.
“Souths are noticeably missing him, and his 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.”