Latrell Mitchell, Cameron Murray, Jai Arrow, Campbell Graham, Damien Cook, Thomas Burgess, Tevita Tatola, Liam Knight, Hame Sele, Keaon Koloamatangi, Jacob Host and Jed Cartwright are the 12 Rabbitohs players contracted until the end of 2023.
The Cowboys are sitting back and waiting with interest, and are in the process of compiling an offer to lure the halfback away from Redfern, where he has played his entire career.
The Rabbitohs don’t want to disrespect Reynolds but had hoped the halfback would be considerate of the club’s salary cap position and future planning. However, it appears that ship has sailed with the club now bracing for the 2014 premiership winner to explore his options at rival clubs.
The club had also hoped to deal with the matter privately, but Reynolds decided to voice his frustrations with negotiations in an interview in February. The matter has since been played out in the media as a result.
The club has a big opinion of young halves Lachlan Ilias and Blake Taafe, who led the club to the 2019 Jersey Flegg title, and is hoping to get value for money out of the pair in the early stages of their careers to help balance the salary cap in the event of Reynolds leaving.
The Cowboys may not be the only Queensland club in the market for Reynolds, with speculation that both the Titans and Broncos are considering having a crack at landing his signature.
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