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Reynolds makes abrupt Hull exit, Tigers present Ciraldo with ‘compelling argument’




Former NSW Origin playmaker Josh Reynolds’ career could be coming to a close after he has been released from Super League club Hull FC midway through his contract.

The 33-year-old former Canterbury and Wests Tigers veteran of 160 NRL games has played 25 matches for Hull over the past two seasons but coach Brett Hodgson said “it is just not working” when asked why Reynolds was being released with a season and a half left on his deal.

“There has been a conversation with Josh and his management from our club. We’re at the stage where we are in discussions to reach a mutually beneficial deal for both parties. We’ll know more over the next 48 hours I’d imagine in terms of clarity,” he told reporters in Hull.

“I think both parties would have wanted a little bit more. I think Josh came over with the right intent and he tried hard but unfortunately it is just not working at the minute.

“Confidence is a big factor when anyone is playing. I think Josh lost a bit of confidence after some injuries and I don’t believe he was playing his best footy. I think he’ll admit that as well.

“It is a very tough sport. You have to make sure you are playing your best footy to maintain your positions and maintain form. For various reasons there were some tough challenges that he faced; and unfortunately it looks like that time has come to an end.”

Josh Reynolds

Josh Reynolds. (Matt King/Getty Images)

Tigers hopeful of Ciraldo call this month

The Wests Tigers are hoping to name their new full-time head coach by the end of the month, says chairman Lee Hagipantelis.

After winning only three of their first 12 games this year, the Tigers sacked head coach Michael Maguire and appointed Brett Kimmorley to the role for the remainder of the season.

Hagipantelis revealed there were “a number” of applicants for the role, adding the club was close to selecting a successful candidate.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21: Panthers assistant coach Cameron Ciraldo looks on during the round 11 NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Penrith Panthers at Sydney Cricket Ground, on May 21, 2022, in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Panthers assistant coach Cameron Ciraldo. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

“The efforts for identifying and appointing a new coach continue,” he told SEN.  “Hopefully within a week or two, a decision can be made and announced.

“But there’s no urgency and there’s no timetable. What’s important is that we find the right person.”

Hagipantelis confirmed the Tigers had been in talks with off-contract Penrith assistant Cameron Ciraldo, who is likely to be the next man to transition from NRL assistant to head coach. 

“We presented to a particular candidate a vision, what I thought was a compelling argument,” he said. “We’re respectful of the decision that needs to be made and it is a very significant decision.”

Meanwhile, the Tigers have dismissed reports five-eighth Luke Brooks will be dropped as speculation.

Brooks’ form was subject to intense scrutiny when the Tigers began the season as the only winless team after five rounds.

While the Tigers notched back-to-back wins when halfback Jackson Hastings returned from suspension in round six, they have since dropped six of their last seven games and only won when Brooks was sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Utility Adam Doueihi played limited minutes on his return from an ACL injury against Canterbury last week but could challenge Brooks for selection in the halves in the Tigers’ next game.

Playing at five-eighth, Doueihi was one of the Tigers’ strongest performers last season and will be closer to full fitness by the time the Tigers face the Warriors on July 3.

But the Tigers source said Kimmorley would not make any conclusive decisions about the make-up of his 17 until closer to game day, despite reports to the contrary this week.

It remains to be seen whether Tyrone Peachey will still be at the club by then.

Peachey was named in the leadership group on his arrival at the Tigers this season but has since fallen out of favour.

The former NSW Origin representative hasn’t played at NRL level in a month and has been given permission to negotiate with rival clubs only half a season into his two-year contract.





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