Wild theory in NRL star’s contract stalemateWill Wayne Bennett take Adam Reynolds to the next club he coaches at? Picture. Phil Hillyard


An Adam Reynolds and Wayne Bennett conspiracy theory has emerged which could see the pair board a flight to Brisbane together in late October.

Reynolds’ future at the Rabbitohs continues to dominate headlines. The club has tabled a one-year extension beyond this season, but the 31-year-old wants two years minimum.

Meanwhile, Bennett will step aside as head coach of the Bunnies at the end of this season.

With the futures of the first class playmaker and super coach both up in the air the NRL 360 panel have come up with a theory which, going off history, could very easily come true.

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“It’s a risky play from the Bunnies on so many levels because Wayne in all likelihood is leaving at the end of this season,” Fox League’s James Hooper said on NRL 360.

“If he goes back to the Broncos or ends up at another Queensland side, he can easily take this bloke with him.

“Wayne’s told Souths, he did it publicly in the paper a couple of weeks ago, give him two years. He deserves two years, he’s the captain of the club, sign him up.

“But for whatever the reason, the club has deciphered this position and they’re adamant they won’t budge.”

Prior to chatting about Reynolds, the panel discussed the Broncos where Lara Pitt said the embattled Brisbane club could be in the market for a halfback. Paul Kent also earlier in the week revealed Bennett is linked to a return to the Broncos.

NRL 360 host Ben Ikin picked up what the rest of the panel had put down.

“Let me just tie this off with a conspiracy theory,” Ikin said.

“(Pitt) said the Broncos might be looking for a halfback, (Kent) said on Monday or Tuesday night that Wayne Bennett has started talks with the Brisbane Broncos so (Hooper) has put it all together.

“Wayne goes back to Queensland next year, potentially in a role at the Broncos and the South Sydney halfback might go with him.”

It’s not a farfetched theory by any means.

Bennett is known for taking players him to new clubs. Just asked Darius Boyd who followed the 71-year-old to the Dragons, Knights and back to the Broncos. Or James Roberts and Jadyn Su’A who followed Bennett from the Broncos to the Rabbitohs.

“Given the way Wayne’s operated you can almost guarantee, based on Wayne’s performances in the past, that if Wayne Bennett can get himself at a club fairly early for next year, Adam Reynolds will be getting there soon after. He’ll be on the next bus in town,” Kent said.

“On a long-term deal,” Hooper added.

Adding fuel even more to the theory, Reynolds’ manager, Steve Gillis told News Corp that he “can’t see” the elite No.7 remaining at South Sydney next year.

“Unless things change and Souths reassess their position, I don’t envisage Adam will be there in 2022. Unless Souths are prepared to move, I can’t see him there,” he said.

“Adam would love to stay but Souths run the risk of losing him – that is reality which is drawing closer every day if Souths stall on a second year. Souths have stuck firm on their position since the get-go and that’s fine.

“I would assume Souths have weighed this up carefully before making their decision to offer a one-year contract.”



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