Reynolds prepares for final Bulldogs game
Departing Bulldogs fan-favourite Josh Reynolds fronted the media for the final time as his career in the blue and white comes to an end against St George Illawarra on Sunday.
The emotional rollercoaster began in April when the 28-year-old agreed to terms with Wests Tigers after seven seasons in the Telstra Premiership at Belmore.
Reynolds reflected on the time Bulldogs content producer and former player Steve Turner sat him down as news broke of his departure.
There were tears then so Reynolds admitted the chances of tears were a near certainty on Sunday, as the Bulldogs look to farewell the five-eighth and a host of others in their away clash at ANZ Stadium.
"He's too good, he knew exactly what he was doing," Reynolds said of Turner.
"It was when I decided to leave and they hadn't released anything yet.
"He was asking me tough questions when I was vulnerable.
"It's like a relationship, you break up and you're vulnerable.
"It's good but and I'm not ashamed [because] men cry.
"'Zap' (Turner) was happy, he reckons he got a couple of hits [on the website]. He's a smart man."
Reynolds' sense of humour and infectious character is why Bulldogs supporters remain up in arms about their local junior bidding farewell prematurely.
After 137 games, he stood by his word the club put in an effort to keep him, but at 28, a four-year offer from the Wests Tigers was too good to refuse.
"It's not Des [Hasler] or [CEO] Raelene [Castle], there's so many things that go into negotiations and that's just what happened," Reynolds said.
"I've said before I'm not disappointed in anyone.
"I was presented with a great opportunity and the Bulldogs are at a different stage.
"Everything happens for a reason and I believe in that."
For now, a final week of training at his beloved Belmore Sports Ground remains, and then a chance to spoil the Dragons' ambitions of a finals appearance.
He spoilt the party once before against the Red V, with a field goal in the qualifying final back in 2015.
"I don't want to delve into that with the Dragons but it's going to be a great game, two big clubs with a massive rivalry," Reynolds said.
"A couple of the boys from my old school Kogarah Marist have already hit me up saying don't do it to us.
"[The Dragons] are going to be hungry, they want to make the semis and a couple of boys are leaving so we want to finish on a high too.
"They'll be up for the challenge and it will be good for us to treat it like a semi-final game."
While Canterbury's season has come under fire in 2017, Reynolds was not going to let the disappointing year dictate his overall memories at the club.
It will be the first time since 2011 he has missed a finals campaign.
"It's probably been the toughest year but I feel you have to take things from every year you play," he said.
"It's hard to just forget everything you've done for the club over the years and all the things they've done for me.
"I'm going to take so many things from this year and hopefully try and improve my game."
After missing the past fortnight of victories with a calf injury, Reynolds was confident he would line-up for the side one last time, albeit with a joke in-between.
"I've passed all the tests, it's just a matter of how I pull up for the rest of the week," Reynolds said.
"I'll keep checking in with the physios even though I might tell them a few porkies about how it feels.
"I'll do my best limping and hobbling but I definitely am not going to go in half-hearted.
"I do feel great [at the moment]."