Reynolds won't give up on NSW Origin hope

Scott Bailey
Adam Reynolds believes he knows his game better than when he last played State of Origin for NSW

Adam Reynolds may have been largely forgotten in State of Origin selection speculation but the South Sydney halfback hasn't given up on his desire to play for NSW again.

Just about every name has been tossed up as an option to fill the Blues' No.7 jersey alongside James Maloney for the series opener in Melbourne next month.

With incumbent Mitchell Pearce ruled out with a pectoral injury and early-favourite Nathan Cleary sidelined with a knee injury, the net has been cast far and wide.

Luke Brooks, who's enjoying the best season of his career at the Wests Tigers, has recently been floated as an option but there's a suggestion his form needs to be far more prolonged.

Luke Keary could also be an option at the Sydney Roosters but again even he has suggested he needs another season of consistent football before he becomes a serious contender.

Blake Green and Mitchell Moses' names have also been mentioned, while it's also been suggested Maloney could move to the controlling No.7 jersey if Brisbane's Jack Bird plays five-eighth.

However, none of those options has experience in the halves in Origin like Reynolds, who played two games at halfback for the Blues alongside Maloney in 2016 before injury struck.

"I would love to be back there playing Origin," Reynolds said.

"Every year it's something that I look forward to, either being a part of it or watching. I won't discard the game at all.

"I definitely feel a lot more experienced. I know the game a lot better.

"But I'm purely focused on playing footy here at Souths. If that comes along and form picks up and I'm picked, then I'm more than happy to be in that arena."

Origin is not Reynolds' primary goal for 2018 and by his own admission, he's not in the kind of form that saw him picked in 2016.

But he's on the up after having helped the Rabbitohs to seventh over the opening third of the season.

Hampered by consistent injury woes in recent years, he averages the most kick metres of any halfback in the NRL outside Pearce and has set up three tries and three linebreaks in five games this year.