Josh Reynolds has responded to rumours of a Bulldogs homecoming, claiming he has had no discussions with the club regarding a possible return.
The 33-year-old, who has been holidaying around European hotspots including Santorini and Amalfi Coast, will returrn to Australia in the coming weeks and look to sort out a deal for 2023.
After spending the past two years in the UK, Reynolds is hoping he can return to playing football in Australia to finish his career.
But when quizzed on his involvement in the recent links to Canterbury, Reynolds said he had no idea where it came from.
“There are the stories that I love – where something has happened and I don’t even know about it,” he told Big Sports Breakfast.
“I was actually in the gym and my phone just started going off. Notifications from my Twitter and stuff – I thought what the hell is going on.
“There were articles galore and people congratulating me and I’m getting free coffees again at Belmore – and I’m gonna take them – but it was just mental to be honest.
“I was actually a bit disappointed because it sorta looks like I’ve said something but it clearly hasn’t come from me.
Reynolds played 138 games for the Bulldogs between 2011-2017, playing in two grand finals, before moving to the Tigers in 2018.
The five-eighth admitted he would love to return to Belmore next season and help in the club’s rebuild, but isn’t sure he will fit into the plans of Phil Gould.
“I’ll put it out there – I would 100 per cent love to go there,” Reynolds said.
“I’ve always said that I’d love to finish there. I love the club, but at the same time I’m not sure if Gus has those plans.
“If that doesn’t work itself out, I’d still love to be at the club in some vicinity.
“I’m coming back in the next week or so, and I’m going to start having all those chats – but last week was a bit of a whirlwind – it was nice to get some nice messages from people saying they’d love me back there.”
Reynolds has been keeping a close eye on the Bulldogs despite his recent travels and living on the other side of the world, and is impressed with their growing confidence in the second-half of the season.
He is also looking forward to seeing Reed Mahoney join the club next year, labelling him ‘the perfect Bulldog’.
“Watching them on the weekend, their form from the start of the year to now is just crazy,” Reynolds said.
“They are a whole different beast now. There was a play there between [Matt] Burton and The Fox [Josh Addo-Carr], I think it was first or second tackle inside their own 10, and he kicked for him and Fox picked it up and nearly ran the length.
“That’s a confident team and the good thing is, at the start of the year they probably weren’t defending as well as they are now. There were a few times on the weekend where they just scrambled really well against a great Cowboys team.
“I think Reed Mahoney is going to be massive for them [in 2023].
“I love him as a player, he leads with his actions, he niggles, he kick chases – he does everything.
“I think he’s probably going to be the perfect Bulldog and the fans will fall in love with him.”