Eighth immortal Andrew Johns handed South Sydney a monumental reality check the arm wrestling menacing talisman of the Adam Reynolds tear club away from Redfern.
Local junior is currently at odds with the Rabbitohs for the duration of a contract extension who could see the skipper walking towards the Cowboys.
Southern officials are refusing to budge on a one-year deal that has already been presented to Reynolds, as the 30-year-old waits at least two years.
“I don’t see myself doing a one-year contract right now,” Reynolds said recently. “I understand where the club is from, but does that make me happy? No. I feel like I still have a lot to offer.
With a damaging kicking game and the ability to muster all the attacking assets that the Rabbitohs currently have in stellar form, Souths’ reluctance with Reynolds has baffled Johns.
And the greatest running back to ever do this offered rave approval to his comrade No.7, while also giving the Bunnies a quick clip to the ears.
“You have a local junior who has played his entire career there, shoots him in the local community in the South Sydney area, everyone would know Adam and his family,” Johns told Wide World of Sports ‘ Freddy and the eighth. “He won a big final there.
“The way they all combine, he does his job, Cody does his job, Cook does his job, Latrell does his job – Why would you break that?”
“I think Adam Reynolds will play another four or five years. His game isn’t necessarily based on speed, but his kicking game.
“Without a doubt, without a doubt – give him two years and an option. It can be based on success, if they make it to the semi-finals, the option is taken.
“The half-back tree, there aren’t a lot of half-backs there. Two years is perfect. Do it.”
NSW Blues coach Brad Fittler agreed a two-year contract was appropriate, but said he would offer nothing more for fear of losing emerging talent.
“Two years I would do it for sure. I wouldn’t do it any longer,” Fittler said.
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“If you look at the Cowboys, think about it. The Cowboys let Kikau go, they let Brandon Smith go, they gave up on Kalyn Ponga because they wanted to be loyal to some older players – so you had to let those others go. players leave.
“But he’s been injured the last two years he’s been pretty good. I’m on both sides. I think two years is perfect. Longer I’d stay away. Sometimes if you keep those players too long, it can cost you dearly. “