Reynolds focused on fitness, not emotion

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Adam Reynolds has suspended all sentiment associated with his final game for South Sydney to focus on around-the-clock rehabilitation to be ready for Sunday's NRL grand final.

The departing skipper and star halfback has a chance at a fairytale finish and a second premiership for his beloved Rabbitohs but first has to pass fitness tests on his troublesome groin.

The 31-year-old was put through running drills on Tuesday but still needs to progress to kicking and finally team work.

He's expected to be given until Saturday to be declared fit to take on Penrith in the decider.

"It's a long week, still plenty of time to get it back to 100 per cent or as close as possible," he said, admitting the NRL's bubble conditions could be a blessing in disguise.

Head physio Eddie Farah is working with Reynolds night and day to get it right.

"They've been working around the clock with me and getting hands in places they shouldn't be," Reynolds joked.

"It's been good having those guys around and having them here 24/7.

"The circumstances this year living in a bubble in a hotel up in Queensland in the same hotel so I'm pretty lucky in that sense.

"We've spent a lot of time together on the physio bed and doing some rehab exercises and what not. He's been fantastic and keen to work with me non-stop."

With five days to get it right, Reynolds is confident he will play but could relinquish kicking duties to Cody Walker and Blake Taaffe as he did in Souths' preliminary final win over Manly last weekend.

Preoccupied with his injury, Reynolds gave no oxygen to the emotional exit on the cards when asked about the end of his time with Souths.

The local junior will join Brisbane next season and wants to bow out with a second premiership after his final game on Sunday night.

While he wouldn't admit to the personal emotion surrounding the week, he did have some advice for the majority of teammates who didn't play in Souths' 43-year drought-breaking title in 2014.

"No doubt most of the boys have heard stories along the way," he said of the famous win and the club's long history of success.

"Grand finals are special to be a part of and we've got a great opportunity to do something special.

"This club has only been in two grand finals over the past 50 years so they're pretty rare to come by."

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