The bond between Adam Reynolds and the Brisbane Broncos runs deep, and the spirited halfback is determined to carry a lasting memento of his time with the team, win or lose in their upcoming grand final clash against Penrith.
Despite his compact 173cm stature, Reynolds is a canvas adorned with tattoos, and the 33-year-old captain, who will lead the Broncos in the grand final, is eager to add another meaningful ink to his collection.
“Regardless of the result, I’ll get a Broncos tattoo,” Reynolds declared confidently. “Everyone keeps saying I’ve got no room left but plenty of room for it.”
When quizzed about the tattoo’s placement, Reynolds humorously suggested, “Backside, maybe?”
As grand final preparations intensified at Circular Quay in Sydney, Reynolds emerged as the most sought-after figure, symbolizing the newfound energy within the Broncos camp.
Not too long ago, the idea of Reynolds donning any colors other than those of South Sydney seemed unthinkable. He was born within a stone’s throw from Redfern Oval and was synonymous with the Rabbitohs.
Yet, South Sydney’s decision to part ways with him at the end of 2021, fueled by concerns over his longevity, now looms as one of the most regrettable retention blunders in recent rugby league history.
During Thursday’s press conference, a Souths fan waving a Broncos flag passionately shouted, “We love you, Adam,” a testament to the unwavering support Reynolds continues to receive.
“It’s been incredible to have the Souths fans backing me,” Reynolds acknowledged. “Even in Brisbane colors, I still feel their support, and I’m truly grateful for it.”
In the impending grand showdown against Penrith at Accor Stadium, Reynolds will play a pivotal role in the Broncos’ quest to break a 17-year premiership drought.
Number seven on the field but number one in the hearts of Brisbane fans, Reynolds has orchestrated the Broncos’ resurgence, lifting them from the ignominy of a wooden spoon finish in 2020 to their first grand final appearance since 2015.
Alongside formidable back-rower Kurt Capewell, he is one of only two Broncos players with prior grand final experience, adding invaluable leadership to the youthful squad.
While the grand final may be an entirely new experience for many of the Broncos’ younger talents, coach Kevin Walters emphasized the team’s maturity and readiness for the challenge ahead.
“We boast ten former or current State of Origin players,” Walters pointed out. “Despite our youth, we’re a team with ample rugby league experience. The grand final week is unique, but come Sunday, it’s just another game.”
Walters assured that center Herbie Farnworth and dynamic fullback Reece Walsh have fully recovered from minor injuries and are fit to take the field.
Speaking about the promising star Reece Walsh, who has garnered acclaim throughout the 2023 season, Walters expressed confidence that the young player would not be overwhelmed by the grand final occasion.
“He’s a remarkably grounded young man, despite his age and the adoration he receives in Brisbane and beyond,” Walters remarked. “His teammates ensure he stays level-headed.”
As the Broncos gear up for their momentous grand final clash, the unity and resilience within the team, exemplified by their captain Adam Reynolds, shine as bright as the stadium lights. Regardless of the outcome, the Brisbane Broncos have found a memorable leader in Reynolds, a player whose commitment extends far beyond the game.