Dylan Walker and Adam Reynolds are set to form South Sydney’s halves combination
The Daily Telegraph
March 01, 2014 10:00PM
Dylan Walker was the competitive junior, four years younger than Year-12 student Adam Reynolds.
“I was like the old man of the schoolyard and he was the fresh pup coming through,’’ Reynolds said.
“He was always trying to outshine the older boys.’’
They were separated by age, but shared a desire so similar.
A dream to play for South Sydney.
Adam Reynolds and Dylan Walker are likely to form South Sydney’s halves combination. Source: News Limited
Footy training held before the lunch bell saw most of their teammates sprint to the canteen.
Walker and Reynolds kept chasing footballs, pushing each other.
Their history and bond while always strong, is about to be tested. Not by each other, but by the premiers the Sydney Roosters on Thursday night.
If halfback Reynolds can overcome a knee niggle, which he says he’s confident of doing, he will form a round one combination with five-eighth Walker.
At 19, Walker’s inclusion says everything about the opinion coach Michael Maguire has of him.
Not surprisingly, Reynolds is also a fan.
“He’s a good competitor and he’s exciting to watch as well,’’ Reynolds said.
“We’re good mates outside of footy, we were even before he came into first grade. I think that helps as well.
“We’ve had a good relationship for a few years now and hopefully those little things click it all together.’’
Walker’s shuffle from the centres to five-eighth, while not yet confirmed by Maguire, is expected following an injury to Luke Keary and the intention to play John Sutton at lock this year .
An Australian Schoolboys star, Walker’s blinding pace, agility and power at a young age suggests he’s bound for much bigger things than facing the Roosters in front of 40,000.
Bigger things, Reynolds says, is also on his agenda for 2014.
Two years after making his NRL debut, Reynolds, 23, recognises the time has come for him to take the next step in his career.
Adam Reynolds lines up a kick during a clash between the Rabbitohs and the Storm. Source: News Limited
“I’ve put a lot more pressure on myself, it’s my third year now and I want to take my game to a new level,’’ Reynolds said.
“I definitely don’t want to sit back and watch the games go by, I’m fairly experienced now and I think it’s time for me to step up and lead the team around.’’
He also shattered suggestions he’s unwanted by the club, following radio speculation he was shopped over summer to rival clubs, due to his inability to steer Souths all the way to last year’s grand final.
“I haven’t heard anything from Madge or anything so it’s all a load of rubbish,’’ Reynolds said.
“I’m happy here, all them things get out there, I don’t know how they do. I’m loving my time here at Souths.’’