The Courier-Mail

Fired-up Reynolds keen to avoid sparking any more suspension­s

- CHRISTIAN NICOLUSSI

JOSH Reynolds’ strengths could also prove his weaknesses during the NRL finals.

While Reynolds will make a timely return from a knee injury for the Bulldogs on Sunday, he’ll also be well aware of the importance to avoid a fourth suspension this season.

With halfback Trent Hodkinson out with a long-term wrist injury, Canterbury will not only need Reynolds to fire in the chief playmaker role but, more importantl­y, stay off the radar of the match review committee.

Reynolds plays with plenty of passion and energy but it is that same enthusiasm and winat-all-costs attitude that has seen him too often rubbed out.

The last time he was spotted in a Dogs jumper back in Round 20, he copped a twomatch ban for making dangerous contact with Cronulla’s Valentine Holmes as he attempted a field goal. He also injured his knee in the incident.

Reynolds was bursting with energy at Belmore Oval yesterday and will join good mate Moses Mbye in the halves for what will hopefully be another five matches this campaign.

Several Bulldogs said Reynolds would provide plenty of enthusiasm and spark and his aggression wouldn’t pose a problem.

“Sometimes when you try too hard you can get yourself into trouble and that’s probably been a bit of Josh’s troubles the past couple of years,’’ said Aiden Tolman, who also returns for what will be no more than a barrier trial against the woeful New Zealand Warriors at ANZ Stadium.

“But you’d much rather a guy who tries too hard than doesn’t try at all,” Tolman said.

“Everyone has been in pretty good form the last few weeks, and when they’re doing that, it makes it easier for guys coming back into the squad.’’

 ??  ?? TOO PASSIONATE: Bulldogs playmaker Josh Reynolds.
TOO PASSIONATE: Bulldogs playmaker Josh Reynolds.

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