Josh Reynolds has responded to rumors of a Bulldogs homecoming, claiming he has not had talks with the club about a potential return.
The 33-year-old, who has holidayed in European hotspots including Santorini and the Amalfi Coast, is set to return to Australia in the coming weeks and try to negotiate a deal for 2023.
After spending the last two years in the UK, Reynolds is hoping to return to playing football in Australia to finish his career.
But when questioned about his involvement in recent Canterbury links, Reynolds said he had no idea where that came from.
“There are the stories I love — where something happened and I don’t even know about it,” he said Big sports breakfast.
“I was actually at the gym and my phone just started ringing. Notifications from my twitter and stuff – I was like what the hell is going on.
“There were loads of articles and people congratulating me and I’m getting free coffee at Belmore again – and I’m going to take it – but it was just crazy to be honest.
“Actually, I was a bit disappointed because it kind of looks like I said something, but it’s clearly not coming from me.
Reynolds played 138 games for the Bulldogs between 2011 and 2017 and made two major finals appearances before joining the Tigers in 2018.
The five-eight admitted he would love to return to Belmore next season and help rebuild the club but is unsure if he will fit into Phil Gould’s plans.
“I’m going to put it there — I’d 100 percent love to go there,” Reynolds said.
“I always said that I would like to stop there. I love the club but at the same time I’m not sure if Gus has those plans.
“If that doesn’t work out, I’d still like to be at the club nearby.
“I’ll be back in the next week or so and I’ll start all these chats – but last week has been a bit of a whirlwind – it’s been nice to get some nice messages from people saying they’d love me there.” rear.”
Reynolds has kept a close eye on the Bulldogs despite his recent travels and life on the other side of the world, and has been impressed by their growing confidence in the second half of the season.
He’s also looking forward to Reed Mahoney joining the club next year, dubbing him “the perfect bulldog.”
“If you watch her over the weekend, her form from the beginning of the year so far is just insane,” Reynolds said.
“You’re a whole different beast now. There was a game in between [Matt] Burton and the fox [Josh Addo-Carr]I think it was the first or second tackle within their own 10 and he kicked for it and Fox picked it up and almost ran the length.
“They’re a confident team and the good thing is that they probably didn’t defend as well at the start of the year as they do now. There were a few times over the weekend where they fought really well against a great Cowboys team.
“I think Reed Mahoney will be massive for them [in 2023].
“I love him as a player, he leads with his actions, he nags, he kicks chases – he does everything.
“I think he’ll probably be the perfect Bulldog and fans will fall in love with him.”