Sport

Reynolds is striding under Hasler

Josh Reynolds, second from left, has been in stellar form for the Bulldogs this year and says he is loving his footy.
Josh Reynolds, second from left, has been in stellar form for the Bulldogs this year and says he is loving his footy. Renee Mckay/Action Photographics

CLASSY Bulldogs five-eighth Josh Reynolds has revealed the belief coach Des Hasler has showed in him since arriving at the club as a major reason he is playing near career-best football in the NRL.

Reynolds, a fringe NRL first grade player at the start of the season, was given an opportunity to impress by Hasler after being the coach's first pick five-eighth at the start of the season.

Since round one Reynolds has been in brilliant form, so much so many rugby league experts suggested he was a possibility to play State of Origin this year.

Despite being overlooked for the Blues, Reynolds told The Daily Mercury he was loving his football at the Bulldogs.

"I trained really hard in the off-season and when Des (Hasler) came to the club from the start he has given me a lot of confidence to take my game to a higher level," he said.

"With Des showing that type of confidence in me and giving me the crack at the start of the year I just want to keep showing him he made the right decision.

"Obviously you have to worry about your own form and backyard each week. I'm playing with a great group of blokes, who I'm just living it up with each week."

Reynolds said his side was keen to head to Mackay to take on the Storm after leaking late points in its last NRL win over St George.

"There are not many weaknesses there to tell you the truth in the Storm side," he said.

"I think in the match we have to work to our own strengths.

"We've been taking a lot of pride in our defence lately and we're not happy we let in 22 or so points on the weekend. We definitely want to make amends for that on Sunday.

"I cannot wait to head to Mackay. I've been there before to visit Ben (Barba) and I know the lads are all ready to get up there and play well."

Topics:  cantebury bulldogs, des hasler, josh reynolds, nrl




Spiritual Matters: Prayer's power a surprise for some

Ecumenical Prayers for Peace at St Patrick's Cathedral for victims of  MH 17 crash. Candles were lit on behalf of community leaders, each cnadle representing a different nationality.   Photo:  Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

To a modern society, it must seem like an admission of failure

Ghosts reignite finals charge against Panthers

Grafton Ghosts' captain Ben McLennan claws for meters against the Sawtell Panthers during the Grafton Ghosts and Coffs Harbour Comets Group 2 minor semi-final at Frank McGuren Field.

Ghosts dominant in 2016 home ground farewell game.

125th birthday draws crowd to Tucabia

Ex-Tucabia Public School students Betty Freeman, Marie and Jack Preston and Joyce Tarrant at the schools 125th birthday celebration on Saturday.

The old and young celebrate Tucabia's 125th birthday.

Latest deals and offers

MOVIE REVIEW: Life on the Road

Ricky Gervais, Ben Bailey Smith and Foregone Conclusion (Steve Clarke, Andy Burrows, Stuart Baxter Wilkinson, Michael Clarke) in a scene from David Brent: Life on the Road.

Ricky Gervais has brought David Brent back to life on the big screen

Jessica Alba wants tequila shots served at her funeral

Businesswoman and actor Jessica Alba

There won't be mourning at this funeral

Tom Hiddleston's Instagram account hacked

Actor Tom Hiddleston

Thor star the latest celebrity targetted by hackers

Charlize Theron's son dresses up as Frozen character

Actor Charlize Theron

Star's son spotted dressed a beloved Frozen character

BOOKS: Food for thought in Caroline Beecham's latest novel

Maggie's Kitchen by Caroline Beecham is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99.

New novel reminds readers that bravery exists in many forms

TELEVISION: New show is a Survivor, for now

Jonathan LaPaglia hosts the TV series Australian Survivor.

WHAT happens when a new show with a big budget flops?

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.

Take a sneak peek at this $19m Whitsunday mansion

Mandalay House features a private helipad.

Mandalay is currently on the market with an asking price of $19m