‘What the hell’: Souths slammed over Adam Reynolds contract saga
Former NSW and Kangaroos prop Mark Geyer can’t believe South Sydney won’t offer Adam Reynolds a longer deal after the halfback revealed he and the club are “not on the same page” when it comes to contract negotiations.
Reynolds, who debuted for the Rabbitohs in 2012 and played a key role in their 2014 premiership, is after a three-year deal that would see him remain a one-club player.
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But the Bunnies have reportedly only offered their playmaker a one-year extension when his contract expires at the end of 2021.
Reynolds has been one of the most consistent halfbacks in the NRL in recent years and Geyer says he’s earnt the right to be shown more respect by Souths.
“The back page (of the newspaper), I nearly choked on my Weet-Bix when I read, ‘Don’t make me quit: Adam Reynolds’,” Geyer said on Triple M’s The Rush Hour with MG.
“I went, what the hell? I can’t believe they have given him a one-year extension only.
“This is a guy who is clutch. He is never injured. He is up there with the leading pointscorers for the last three seasons with 200-plus points.
“He averages about 25 games a year. His field goals are just phenomenal. He kicks at about 90 per cent.
“He was in the running for Origin last year and in my opinion he is in the top three halfbacks in the game along with Nathan Cleary and Daly Cherry-Evans.
“I don’t understand the reluctance from South Sydney to give him more than a one-year extension.
“I don’t know about a three-year extension. I think a two-year extension given he is 30 years of age.”
Reynolds still has plenty to offer.Source:News Corp Australia
Reynolds is 30-years-old and age is likely a factor in Souths being reluctant to offer him a long-term deal, but Geyer fears if the Rabbitohs hold off then the contract saga could derail their premiership ambitions this season.
“Surely you make an announcement in good faith before the competition starts,” Geyer said.
“I give Souths a massive chance of winning the competition, but this could derail it.
“If these contract negotiations go into the year this could spell bad news for the Rabbitohs.”
Reynolds voiced his discontent earlier in the week.
“They have said they’d want to keep me on longer but they are only tossing up one-year deals at the moment, which is pretty disappointing, if I’m being honest,” he told The Daily Telegraph.
“I don’t particularly want to be signing one-year contracts and that’s no disrespect to the club. Any player you ask would want the security rather than short contracts. I have a young family and have to think about weighing up all options.
“I still feel like I’ve got a lot longer left in me but whether they see that or not, I don’t know. That’s a conversation I’m going to have to have.”
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