True courage of Reynolds on show at Leichhardt
JOSH Reynolds has no idea what is wrong with his left shoulder. Doesn't know what causes the pain. Or why needles won't relieve it. But they don't.
For at halftime in this one, the Wests Tigers No.6 copped an injection from the club doctor. But the result? Absolutely zero. And still the gutsy playmaker battled on.
Running, scheming, pushing, directing and, at times, defending with his left arm hanging limply by his side.
But go off? No chance.
Restricted to only five NRL games this season, Reynolds insists he will now play out the year with a mysterious shoulder problem that - despite being needled - is giving him issues every time he takes the field.
The Tigers import admitted his inability to stay fit this year was partly fuelling his decision, while also stressing his faith in club medical staff to keep him on the field.
Quizzed afterwards on the injury afterwards as he stood in an ageing Leichhardt Oval dressing shed, Reynolds conceded: "I couldn't really tell you (what is wrong) but it's happening a fair bit now.
"The same thing happened in the last game I played.
"It isn't a structural thing. The shoulder just gets hit and struggles to come back, feels weak
"It's a bit like a burner, but it stays there … instead of shaking it out (the shoulder) gets a bit weak.
"It will be sweet in a couple of days though. It's a weird one."
Despite carrying the sore shoulder, and being needled at the break, Reynolds still produced a solid game that saw him not only threaten throughout the full 80 minutes but score a strong solo try.
"I didn't want to come off but I didn't want to be a burden either," he continued. "So I was in two minds.
"In the end, I got through but it wasn't good enough was it?
"I was just doing my best."
Asked if missing so many games this season meant he would now try and push on, Reynolds continued: "That's what I had today.
"I could've come off but - and I'm not trying to act tough because anyone would've done the same - your mind is a pretty powerful thing.
"So I tend to think I can block things out. I mightn't be doing everything I normally can but I will definitely be out there doing my best for my mates."
While Reynolds has previously had both shoulders reconstructed, he said those surgeries were "years ago" and were not related to his current problem.
The five-eighth also stressed that the injury would not sideline for the Tigers next game in a fortnight against St George Illawarra.
"Oh, no I don't think so," he said. "It's actually a hard one because I don't even want to be thinking about it.
"This year, I just can't take a trick.
"But I can't be sobbing.
"I want to be playing and I'm going to be putting my hand up to play."
Asked if he got needled at halftime, Reynolds added: "Yeah, but they don't work … that's more for my head space."