Reynolds says his best form is not far away
Adam Reynolds admits he's not the player he once was when he made his Holden State of Origin debut in 2016 but insists he isn't far off from finding a level of consistency again on the back of South Sydney's new style of attack.
While insisting an Origin recall is the furthest thing on his mind after a mixed start to the year through injury, Reynolds feels a lot more experienced thanks to his previous representative experience.
"I know the game a lot better," Reynolds said.
"My form probably hasn't been as good as that year when I did play, but it's continually getting better.
"Things will turn around. I've had a bit of time out with injuries, that's no excuse. Each week I'm getting more confidence back and slowly improving.
"At times it's been frustrating but that's footy, it's a rollercoaster this game and I wouldn't swap it for anything."
With the Origin series just over a month away, the halfback spot remains wide open but Reynolds is somewhat of a forgotten man.
NSW coach Brad Fittler, who coached Reynolds at City-Country level, remains tight-lipped over his thinking process regarding selections.
"It doesn't really bother me. I'd love to be back there playing Origin but every year it's something I look forward to, whether I'm a part of it or just watching," Reynolds said.
"I won't discard the game at all. If my form picks up and I get picked I'm happy to be in that arena [but] my focus is playing football at Souths."
The Rabbitohs head to Newcastle on Friday with a strong record in the Hunter, having won their last three games at McDonald Jones Stadium.
However, in a strong showing of the changes at the Knights, only eight players remain in the side that was beaten 24-18 by the Bunnies in the corresponding fixture last year.
"They're playing with a lot of confidence, a lot of fresh faces which is not a bad thing for a club," Reynolds said.
"The likes of Kalyn Ponga, Aidan Guerra and Shaun Kenny-Dowall have taken experience from past clubs and they've really turned that place around.
"[Ponga in particular] is an exciting player to watch and I'm excited to play against him. He's a real young talent and I think he's got a massive future in this game."