To kick off 2017, we take a look at some of the up-and-coming male and female stars who will hope to represent NSW this year and in the future. Today we look at someone who has suffered several injury setbacks, but last year proved his worth at Origin level: Adam Reynolds.
His selection for the NSW VB Blues had long been called for from sections of the Rugby League community and Adam Reynolds looked comfortable after just one game in the Origin arena.
Reynolds, whose career has been cruelled with several untimely injuries, is widely considered the premier general-play kicker in the state, if not the entire game. It has remained that way consistently throughout his five NRL seasons to date and when the prospect of a fit, firing Reynolds was presented to VB Blues coach Laurie Daley, he couldn’t refuse. While the South Sydney playmaker did not look at his most confident in his Origin debut last year, he turned it around for Game II, before another devastating injury proved a fatal blow to the VB Blues’ hopes of winning the series.
The success of Matt Moylan and James Maloney in the halves for the series finale were a major positive to come from the side’s 2-1 series defeat, but it does not necessarily spell the end of Reynolds in a sky blue jersey. If he can stay on the field, the 26-year-old will look to fight off significant competition to return to the arena in 2017, desperate to taste success for NSW.