Previous to the competitors’s suspension earlier this yr, Canterbury had been eager to see how the crew carried out throughout the opening two months earlier than weighing up whether or not to increase Pay’s tenure right into a fourth and fifth season.
By the the time the Canines have performed the Tigers, Bennett’s South Sydney, the Broncos and St George Illawarra, Pay can have had the same period of time to show he deserves a brand new deal.
The very last thing Canterbury need is to re-sign Pay early and have the poor outcomes proceed. The Canines additionally know a coach can arrive as late because the put up season and nonetheless have sufficient time to get a crew up and operating.
The Bulldogs, nonetheless, don’t have that luxurious of ready that lengthy. They’ve $3m to spend on new expertise, however gamers will need to know who they’re going to be taking part in for earlier than committing to the membership.
In the meantime, Reynolds, whose third and remaining request to depart the Tigers and return dwelling to Canterbury fell over earlier than the competitors resumed, is anticipated to have a huge effect on Sunday night.
Tigers teammate Harry Grant remembers watching Reynolds and rapidly obtained a way of how a lot he meant to the Bulldogs devoted, however was actually glad he was carrying the black, white and orange.
“He’ll be very energetic as he all the time is when he comes out on Sunday,” Grant stated.
“With the brand new rule modifications he is a runner of the footy, he likes to get his palms on the footy, and as soon as we get a little bit of a dent within the opposition [defence], he is eager to take them on. He loves speaking and is all the time speaking out on the sphere.”
Christian covers rugby league for The Sydney Morning Herald.