Adam Reynolds speaks out on Tristan Sailor snub amid Reece Walsh backlash at Broncos

Reynolds has provided an update on his injury and role at the club.

Sidelined Brisbane halfback Adam Reynolds has provided a fresh update on his injury situation at the Broncos and the surprise snub of Tristan Sailor as his replacement in the halves. The veteran No.7 has also touched on the backlash against Reece Walsh, who copped criticism from NRL fans for being 'selfish' and trying to do too much himself in Reynolds' absence during last week's 40-18 mauling by the Roosters.

The Broncos will be without their inspirational skipper Reynolds for the majority of the season after he tore a bicep in the heavy defeat to the Roosters. The crafty halfback is expected to miss between 12-14 weeks of action but revealed on Brisbane’s Triple M Breakfast with Marto, Margaux & Dan on Friday that he's hoping to get the all-clear from specialists to return to light training soon.

Pictured left to right are Brisbane Broncos stars Tristan Sailor, Reece Walsh and Adam Reynolds.
Sidelined Brisbane captain Adam Reynolds has given an update on his injury situation as well as speaking about Broncos teammates Tristan Sailor and Reece Walsh. Pic: Getty

“I’ll go in an see the surgeon on Tuesday, obviously get the tick of approval to start some light training again," Reynolds said. “I’ve still got a role to play there (at training), we’ve got some young halves that could do with a bit of help, a bit of guidance and obviously to help out Kevvie (coach Kevin Walters) with game planning.”

One of the biggest decisions Walters had to make after the injury to Reynolds was who would step into the halves role alongside five-eighth, Ezra Mam, for Friday night's away game against Parramatta. Many fans probably thought the Broncos coach would go with the versatile Tristan Sailor, who's already proven his play-making ability at fullback in the absence of Walsh earlier in the season, and has experience playing as a five-eighth.

But Walters decided to overlook Sailor and has instead thrown the reins to 27-year-old Queensland Cup player Josh Rogers, whose only NRL experience came in round 27 against the Storm last year. Walters said Rogers has earnt his shot after finishing last season in the Q Cup as the competition's leading point-scorer for Wynnum-Manly, and again leading the points standings this year for the Burleigh Bears.

And Reynolds agreed with his coach that the hulking 186cm, 96kg Rogers is more of a traditional No.7 than Sailor, despite praising the latter's undoubted ability as a playmaker. “Josh Rogers is probably more of a natural half and coming into the week, a shorter preparation I think Kevvie wanted to go that way have a more stable half there," Reynolds said. "Tristan is a wonderful player, he can play a number of positions but I think you know, Josh is more of an out and out seven.”

Tristan Sailor has been overlooked by Brisbane Broncos coach Kevin Walters as a replacement for injured NRL veteran Adam Reynolds. Pic: Getty
Tristan Sailor has been overlooked by Brisbane Broncos coach Kevin Walters as a replacement for injured NRL veteran Adam Reynolds. Pic: Getty

Reynolds also had a message for Maroons superstar Walsh, who's mixed some truly electric displays for the Broncos with erratic plays and multiple errors and has already been told by his coach this week to "take a chill pill" and show more patience in attack for Brisbane. “I think it’s just him relaxing a little bit... feeling his way into the game and not trying to score off every play," the veteran No.7 said about his fullback, ahead of Friday night's clash against the Eels.


“We love what he brings to us, obviously we just want him to cut out a few errors. We want him to still be Reece Walsh, still want him to attack the way he does but just obviously limit errors there... We still want to see an aggressive game from him tonight. That's Reece Walsh and that’s what we love about him, but I’m sure he’ll rein it in a little bit.”