Adam Reynolds has gone down injured and was forced to hobble off at training during Brisbane's pre-season session on Monday. Reynolds has been at the centre of contract talks in recent months with the 33-year-old reportedly set for a one-year extension with his current deal set to run out at the end of this year.
However, NRL fans would have watched on in horror as Reynolds appeared to hurt his ankle during a training session on Monday as he was helped off the field after not being able to put any pressure on the injured leg.
Reynolds was a key part of the Broncos' season last year having helped guide the young team, under coach Kevin Walters, to the NRL grand final. Any injury to their star halfback would be a huge blow leading into the 2024 season.
The 33-year-old was sent to have scans on the ankle, but the club was hoping it was nothing more than a mild injury. Reynolds reportedly stepped on another teammates foot during the session, which caused the pain.
NRL Physio Brien Seeney claimed the injury could have been an ankle sprain. Seeney claimed if it was just an ankle sprain he would be back in plenty of time before round one in six weeks time. He added it would have to be an 'extreme' injury to rule him out of the opening round for the Broncos.
There has been concern of Reynolds' injuries in recent years with the premiership winning halfback turning 33. However, Broncos officials appear ready to reward the halfback with one more year at the club after his performances in leading the team to the grand final in 2023.
Scans to come but Broncos hopeful the injury is mild - most of these sprains bark is worse than bite (looks worse than it is). Would take something extreme for him not to be available for Round 1 in 6 weeks time.
— NRL PHYSIO (@nrlphysio) January 22, 2024
Adam Reynolds at centre of contract extension talks
Off contract at the end of 2024, the 33-year-old halfback is expected to ink a one-year extension that will take him to what he thinks will be his final season in 2025.
According to reports, Reynolds will take a significant pay-cut on his next deal so the Broncos can afford to upgrade the contracts of young guns Reece Walsh and Ezra Mam. "It is getting solved in the background," Reynolds said last year.
"I still feel like I have more to give. My body is feeling good. I feel like I am playing good enough football to go around again. I am enjoying the club and I love being around the boys. It is pretty simple."
Reynolds already plays somewhat of an assistant coaching role at the Broncos due to his vast experience, and readily passes on his knowledge to the likes of Walsh and Mam. And he has also hinted at moving into the coaching team after his expected retirement in 2025.
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