Leigh Leopards head coach Adrian Lam drops major hint on Ben Reynolds’ future

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Adrian Lam and Ben Reynolds

Ben Reynolds is off-contract at the end of 2023 - Alamy

Adrian Lam has teased that Ben Reynolds looks likely to put pen to paper on a new contract with Leigh Leopards.

The half-back is off-contract at the end of 2023, but has missed just four games all year to date, all of which through suspension with the most notable suspension coming after an uncharacteristic red card picked up at Magic Weekend.

Amassing 72 points in his 22 appearances, the goal kicker has proved an influential member of the high-flying Leopards squad, and was responsible for eight of Leigh’s 17 points in their Challenge Cup final triumph over Hull KR earlier this month.

Those two teams face off again this Friday night, and ahead of that clash, boss Lam has told Love Rugby League it looks like Reynolds will be sticking around in 2024.

Leigh Leopards boss Adrian Lam teases new contract for Ben Reynolds

The Papua New Guinean said: “Ben’s certainly played some good rugby this year, probably the best of his career.

“He’s done a great job on the edge, playing in the halves with Lokie Lam and Gaz O’Brien at the back there.

“It’s ongoing with Ben, we’ll come to a resolution, probably within the next week or two.

“From there, we’ll power on. It’s just an ongoing situation at the moment, that’s where we’re at.”

Reynolds’ love affair with Leigh to continue

29-year-old Reynolds is Pontefract-born, and made his senior bow for local outfit Castleford Tigers back in 2013.

He’s gone on to represent eight different clubs throughout his career, including loan and dual registration spells, but Leigh is the place that has his heart.

Re-joining in 2021, this is the half-back’s third spell at the Leigh Sports Village, or Leopards’ Den as it’s now unofficially known.

The Yorkshireman first linked up with the then-Centurions back in 2015, a stint which lasted until 2018 and saw him accrue over 500 points, winning promotion to Super League in 2016.

Becoming a Centurion oncemore in 2019, he would again depart for French side Toulouse Olympique following the 2020 season cut short by COVID-19, but Leigh came calling and he answered again midway through the 2021 campaign.

Winning promotion with the club again last year, he moved up to 6th in their all-time points scorers list, and now has 5th on that leaderboard firmly in his sights.

It always seemed unlikely he’d move on given the success experienced this year, and boss Lam’s teaser today solidifies that even further.

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