The Chronicle

Reynolds fighting fit for Broncos


BRONCOS star recruit Adam Reynolds has been cleared to lead Brisbane’s 2022 revival after avoiding off-season shoulder surgery.

Reynolds will report for his first pre-season as a Bronco in mid-December with a clean bill of health following South Sydney’s grand final campaign.

There were fears Reynolds may have required surgery after carrying a shoulder injury late in the season.

A reconstruc­tion would have sidelined him for six months and been a hammer blow to Broncos coach Kevin Walters in his quest to make Brisbane great again after this year’s 14th-placed finish.

But scans this week cleared Brisbane’s marquee man (pictured) of surgery and he will link up with the Broncos following his 10week veteran player’s break.

Broncos football chief Ben Ikin confirmed the positive news for Reynolds and the club.

“Adam had a scan at the end of the season and it came back positive – no surgery required,” he said.

“He had an exit medical at Souths and the reports were sent to our club to be reviewed.

“He’s now on his 10-week break and not due at training until mid-December.”

Reynolds, 31, is Brisbane’s No.1 recruit for 2022, with the former NSW Origin halfback tasked with helping the Broncos fight back from consecutiv­e bottom-four finishes.

Given he has already played 10 seasons in the NRL, Reynolds is entitled to a longer break than less experience­d players.

He is not due to report for training until shortly before Christmas and has been holidaying in the Whitsunday­s with his soon-to-be former Rabbitohs teammates.

Fellow high-profile Broncos recruit Kurt Capewell is also not due to begin training with his new club until December after featuring in Penrith’s premiershi­p season.

Capewell, 28, was spotted at Red Hill this week.

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