Old mates Mbye and Reynolds back together

Old mates Mbye and Reynolds back together

The familiar face of former Bulldogs teammate Josh Reynolds has helped the settling in period for Wests Tigers newcomer Moses Mbye.

The pair played alongside each other at the Bulldogs for four years before Reynolds departed at the end of the 2017 season to join the Tigers.

Reynolds has talked to Mbye about the Tigers' game structure and their plays, while coach Ivan Cleary and assistant coach Brett Hodgson have outlined his role to him as the team's new fullback.

"It's a new chapter for him (Mbye) and it's good to be back playing with him," Reynolds said.

"He has been calling me every now and then to get him up on the speed of things.

"But Brett Hodgson and Ivan who have played fullback are constantly helping him out in that position. He's only going to get better with the more games he plays with us and the more he's around blokes like that."

Wests Tigers five-eighth Josh Reynolds.
Wests Tigers five-eighth Josh Reynolds. ©Nathan Hopkins/NRL Photos

Mbye is eager to get back on the field with Reynolds as one of his halves, claiming that the larrikin five-eighth is exactly how he remembers him from their days with the Dogs.

"We're looking forward to playing together and hopefully being successful," Mbye said.

"The day I walked in he was the first one yelling out something. He's obviously the life of the party everywhere he goes so he hasn't changed much.

"We had a really good relationship for a number of years now and obviously playing footy at the dogs was really enjoyable. We had some good seasons there and we had some bad ones but we rode that roller coaster together and now have ended up in Tigers colours together."

Since Mbye has been on board the Tigers have only had three training sessions with their new-look spine, which includes veteran hooker Robbie Farah back in a Tigers jersey.

The 24-year-old understands the spine is going to take time to develop and says his focus heading into his debut match for the Tigers is to simply do his job at fullback.

"I've really enjoyed learning new ways and new structures and talking to different people - it's quite refreshing," Mbye said.

"This week for myself I just want to keep it pretty basic and just nail my role in the side. We've had a really good week at training, I felt like we've settled in pretty well. As long as we can execute what we have been practising we'll go pretty good.

"It's (spine combination) a process I just want to build on. As long as we're getting better and better each week."