Hull FC have signed Wests Tigers stand off Josh Reynolds on an original two year deal.
The club also have an option to extend that to a third year should the 31-year-old impress.
Reynolds, who starred in seven seasons at Canterbury Bulldogs, has played in two NRL Grand Finals and was also the New South Wales five-eighth that finally broke Queensland’s eight in a row Origin dominance back in 2014.
Tougher times came at Wests Tigers where he played just 22 games in three injury hit years following a big money move ahead of the 2018 season.
But this is a man Hull have had their eye on for a while, and through their Tigers connection it’s one that new Hull head coach Brett Hodgson knows well.
“I’m really excited and proud to be joining a club like Hull FC, they’re a big club with great heritage and a very passionate set of fans,” Reynolds told the clubs official website.
“I’ve heard a lot about the club and their vision which is exciting and I’d love to get over to the UK and try and win a trophy with them.
“They’ve won the cup a couple of times recently which looked like great occasions to be part of.
“The stadium looks class. I can’t wait to run out there for the club and start the next chapter in my career, I’m really ready to rip in and get started. I’m excited about what the next few years have in store.”
As well as making four Origin appearances, Reynolds also made one Prime Minister’s XIII appearance for Australia whilst at Canterbury.
He is a fiery player and is no stranger to a bit of shithousery (him and Jake Connor in the same team, corrr), but he’s vocal, reasonably quick, and a good organiser/leader.
He plays on the edge, is a keen runner of the ball, and will complement Marc Sneyd next season.
He’s had his well-documented off-field issues in the NRL, mainly with a mental ex-partner, but that’s all in the past.
He’s now fit with renewed hunger, and he should fit well into the new Hull FC system.
Super League will be a good outlet for him. A fresh start after a tough couple of years. Welcome Josh, and good luck.