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  •   Home > News > Sports > Rugby League

    Reynolds to boost Tigers' NRL energy level

    Josh Reynolds was presented with his first Wests Tigers jersey five weeks ago but will finally run out for the club in the NRL against Manly.

    - article from www.rugbyleague.co.nz

    When Ivan Cleary signed Josh Reynolds to the Wests Tigers the former NSW State of Origin five-eighth's passion and energy was a big part of that.

    Little did Cleary know, in the first five rounds of 2018 his Tigers would register four wins and sit in the top quarter of the ladder largely on the back of immense grit, determination and passion.

    All that, with Reynolds sitting on the sidelines with a hamstring injury suffered in the captain's run for round one.

    If there's one thing the Tigers have used it's energy in bucketloads with four of their five games going to the final play.

    And Reynolds will certainly bring exactly that against Manly on Sunday.

    "I think the timing is pretty good," Cleary said.

    "I don't want him to play any different to how he does.

    "I just think he can really add some energy and something a bit new to our team after five tough games."

    Reynolds was presented with his first Tigers jersey more than a month ago - the day before he was meant to face the Sydney Roosters in round one.

    Since then, he's been forced to watch on.

    His return could have come earlier too but the Tigers have taken a cautious and responsible approach with the former Canterbury star.

    "He's now into the stage of multiple hamstring injuries over a period of time, so you get to the point where you have to go through that process," Cleary said.

    "The benefit of that is he's looked really good this week - you'd never know he's had a hamstring problem.

    "But he's also got to channel that energy and excitement into a disciplined performance as well."

    Cleary doesn't know how much game time Reynolds will get at Lottoland.

    Nor is he confirming what position he'll play off the bench, although it's likely he could spend a fair bit of time at hooker.

    "We're leaving our options open a bit there," Cleary said.

    "Josh is one of those players that just him being on the field, whatever position he's in, we just expect him to play what he's good at and his role for the team."

    What is clear is that Reynolds will add another facet to the club's attack, which is ranked the second-least prolific in the NRL.

    The Tigers' lofty ladder position is due to their league-best defence.

    "We've played some pretty good defensive units but, having said that, we have to play better," Cleary said.

    "Our attack has to improve. I'm sure it will.

    "There is a lot of improvement in us."


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