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Forward Adam Elliott received the news regarding Josh Reynolds’ new club for next season on Wednesday morning with the rest of his teammates and described the announcement as ‘very emotional’.

Here is what the 22-year old had to say about Reynolds’ decision to leave the club.

on his own reaction...

It’s hard to imagine not playing with someone like Josh [Reynolds] that’s so important to the club, but I don’t think it was a shock. We’ve seen a lot of things happen in footy in recent years and particularly a lot of talk that’s been around this year as well. You have to take the best opportunity for you as an individual, but it’s definitely hard.

on how and what Josh told the playing group...

I don’t think anyone made eye contact with him in the meeting, it was pretty hard. I think a few tears would’ve rolled down cheeks if that was the case. It was emotional for Josh, but his biggest point was footy aside he doesn’t want to lose mates because of this and friendships that he’s made here. He calls us his family and he just said the friendships that he’s made here he wants forever.

on what Josh will take to Wests Tigers...

Just passion! The best way to define it, he plays every minute as though it’s going to be his last, but you know the way that he plays footy you wouldn’t want to be hopping in the trenches next to him, if you had to go to war with him, he’s a very passionate bloke.

on the decision being made...

At the end of the day you just have to worry about yourself and the footy you’re playing because there’s going to be talk, it’s just the name of the game. There is more and more of these situations ahppenign in the game now and if you read into it then your heads off wandering somewhere else when it should be on the field on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday when you’re meant to be playing footy. I think you just need to worry about yourself when it comes down to that sort of stuff. For me personally, I just need to make sure I’m doing my role in everything. 

Adam will take the field at ANZ Stadium on Saturday afternoon as the Bulldogs host the Canberra Raiders, with kick off at 5:30pm. 

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