Hull half-back Josh Reynolds is hoping for a big season in 2022 as he recovers from the knee injury sustained last August.
The half-back’s last appearances for Hull came in the derby against Hull KR, limping from the field. It was soon reported that he suffered a detached medial ligament in his knee.
Reynolds scored four tries in 12 Super League appearances in 2021. Currently recovering from his injury, he has told fans that he is keen to improve his performances in the upcoming campaign.
Josh Reynolds on recovery and 2022
“I spent a lot of my time with one of the physios who worked with me whilst I was at Wests Tigers, so I was focused on recovery most of the time,” Reynolds told the club’s official website on his road to recovery.
“On Hull’s end, Paul Hatton was sending me rehab plans with regards to doing some weights or cardio. And eventually, when I was able to, I went out onto the field to do some running exercises.
“Our physio, Chris John, and the physio at the Tigers were in constant correspondence with each other. It was a really good process that we had going on.
“To be completely honest, what Brett and the club allowed me to do in terms of being able to go back home during the off-season, I was desperate to repay the faith that Hull FC had shown in me.
“I didn’t want to go back to Australia and come back sloppy. Instead, I’ve come back in a great head space. My knee is actually better than it was forecasted to be at that stage.
“It certainly came with a territory – I was getting daily heckling from the rest of the boys in the group chat that I was having a holiday! But that was all in good spirit and I think they can see now that I was working hard on my recovery.
“I think the way I have responded to the injury is an indication of where I want to be. I’m not happy with how last year went. Injuries and Covid really had an impact on my year, so I’m pretty determined to prove a point this year.”
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Reynolds sets date for return
Hull begin their pre-season schedule this weekend against Bradford. The Australian stand-off is determined to be fit for the start of the Super League campaign.
He is also relishing the chance to link up with his new half-back partner in Luke Gale.
“We’ve always looked at round one as the main goal,” he said.
“Fingers crossed, we’re on track for that target. Hopefully I might be able to squeeze a trial game in, or failing that, half of a trial game.
“It’ll be great to build a little bit of confidence up in terms of getting a feel for the strength of my knee. But it’s also important to try and strike up that on-field relationship with Galey.
“The club picked him up during the off-season. I think he’s great for the group. You can tell he’s a natural leader.
“I’ve only been back in the country for a short while, but I can also see how he’s stamped his authority on the squad. That’s the sign of a true leader.
“He’s smart, he’s got a great kicking game, fantastic decision making. I’m looking forward to linking up with him on the field.”