Reynolds keen to achieve two goals at All Stars match
DALLY M Rookie of the Year Adam Reynolds will realise his dream to play representative football when he lines up for the All Stars at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.
The match will also see the 22-year-old achieve another ambition, to play alongside West Tigers five-eighth Benji Marshall.
"Benji was an idol of mine growing up. He was one of the freaks when he was younger and still is a freak," Reynolds said.
"So to be a part of a team where he's in it, I idolised him growing up. To be a part of it now is special."
His talent is so highly regarded, Reynolds has already been touted as a State of Origin bolter who could replace New South Wales' incumbent halfback Mitchell Pearce.
The Rabbitoh is also one of the hardest workers in the NRL, regularly staying back after training sessions to further refine his game.
That kind of work ethic ensured his quick recovery from the untimely hamstring tear he suffered in the 2012 preliminary final against the Bulldogs.
"The body's all good now. I did extra rehab at Souths, the rehab team got me right there. I'm ready to go," he said.
With Marshall also an exciting, attacking half like Reynolds, the Souths playmaker did not want to give too much away when asked if Saturday night's game could see plenty of points scored.
"I'm not sure. I think the teams have just got to hold the ball. Most of the boys will be pretty shaky but it should be a good game," he said.
Meanwhile, Reynolds said Souths were well on track for another impressive season.
"I'm really looking forward to it. I've been training hard at Souths and the new blokes like Bryson Goodwin and Benny Te'o have been training really well, and Jeff Lima's been a standout as well," he said.
"To get back into the season, I can't wait. Last year was such a good year for us.
"It didn't end how we wanted it to but we're trying to be better this year."
After fighting off a staph infection in his left elbow, Sharks captain Paul Gallen was yesterday ruled out of the All Stars' line-up with a minor quad strain.
Cronulla teammate Chris Heighington will replace him and said while it was unfortunate his new skipper would miss out, he was excited to get an opportunity to make his All Stars debut.
"All Stars is a great event and I'm looking forward to having the opportunity to play with and against some of the best players in the game," the former West Tigers back-rower said.