Australia Reynolds kicks history in South Sydney win
Where will Adam Reynolds be playing in 2022? Ranking the champion halfback's likely destination
It's the debate that has dominated the headlines to start the 2021 season and Adam Reynolds' future at South Sydney appears less certain by the day. In a bombshell revelation made on the eve of the new campaign, the Rabbitohs captain and halfback told Sporting News he and the club were not on the same page in negotiations over a contract beyond this year. The news blindsided many, given Reynolds' stature within the Rabbitohs community and the important hand he has played in the club's 2014 drought-breaking premiership and getting the club to whether it is today as a powerhouse of the NRL.
Adam Reynolds made history with the first long-range two-point field goal in the NRL era as he piled more pressure on South Sydney to keep him in their 35-6 win over Brisbane.
Reynolds' future has remained the biggest issue at Redfern for months, with the halfback told again this week he won't receive more than a guaranteed one-year deal.
But while it remains an off-field issue, there are still no signs it will impact either Reynolds or the red-hot Rabbitohs on the field.
Souths are among the NRL's true premiership heavyweights, with Latrell Mitchell in close to career-best form with a try-scoring double at Stadium Australia.
Adam Reynolds linked to second club amid Souths contract standoff
A second club has been linked to a possible move for South Sydney's Adam Reynolds as the halfback's contract standoff with the club continues. Negotiations between the Rabbitohs and the premiership-winning playmaker have been at an impasse for several months. North Queensland confirmed earlier this week they were interested in signing the 30-year-old, who has only been offered a one-year contract extension at Redfern. Speaking on Triple M, journalist Brent Read said he expects progress to be made one way or another over the next couple of days.
Reynolds easily won the battle of the off-contract halves, with Anthony Milford enduring a difficult night for Brisbane in their second straight loss.
The Souths No.7 had a role in four of his team's tries on Thursday night, including his third four-pointer of the year when backed up a Dane Gagai break.
He helped set up the Rabbitohs' first when he kicked across field for Alex Johnston, before a series of flick passes put Benji Marshall across.
The halfback also threw the last pass for a Latrell Mitchell try early in the second half, picking the right option as Mitchell stayed alive and got the ball down.
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Mitchell's second also came from Reynolds, this time when he leapt high to take a kick from his halfback and push his way through four defenders.
Reynolds accepts he may leave Souths
Adam Reynolds has admitted he's come to the realisation this could be his last NRL season at South Sydney, again insistent he won't accept a one-year deal.Reynolds insisted again this weekend he would not budge on his contract demands, wanting at least a two-year deal to stay at the Rabbitohs.
The night wasn't perfect for the Rabbitohs junior, with an uncharacteristic error in attack and a miss on Jamayne Isaako for Brisbane's only try.
But regardless, Reynolds' 43-metre field goal on halftime was the enduring image of the night, after the NRL offered two points for drop goals kicked beyond 40 metres this year.
The 30-year-old had been one of the main proponents of the change over the off-season, telling AAP he had been planning for tactical uses.
It marked the first two-point field goal since the drop goal was reduced to one in 1971, with Rabbitoh Eric Simms the last player to kick a two-pointer.
Meanwhile Alex Johnston was also dangerous for Souths on the left wing, busting six tackles and bagging a first-half try from a Mitchell cut-out ball.
Marshall also thrived in the No.6 jersey with an assist to Campbell Graham to go with his own first-half try, while Tom Burgess topped 200 running metres.
But the night wasn't as enjoyable for Milford, just days after coach Kevin Walters said the five-eighth wasn't playing well enough to earn a new deal.
The Broncos' last-tackle options were poor, and while Milford busted four tackles in attack he also missed three in defence.
Making matters worse, veteran Ben Te'o's future is also in doubt amid fears of a ruptured bicep.
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