Reynolds wants Mbye at Wests Tigers
RUGBY LEAGUE: Josh Reynolds wants good mate Moses Mbye on the bus.
After coming back to haunt Canterbury in Wests Tigers' dour NRL win over his former side on Sunday, Reynolds welcomed with open arms the prospect of Noosa product Mbye joining the joint venture.
In what was just his second game of the season due to a string of hamstring and shoulder injuries, Reynolds provided the spark in the second half as the Tigers ran over the top of the hapless Dogs 14-10.
Not even Mbye, who has been the Bulldogs' best all season, could bring his side to life as they fell to their fifth defeat in six weeks.
Mbye has confirmed he is in negotiations to join the Tigers, however the details are yet to be confirmed.
It's believed he's close to putting pen to paper on a three-year deal starting next year but the Tigers seem intent on bringing him over before the June 30 transfer deadline.
With the Bulldogs looking to offload players in a bid to unravel their salary cap mess, they could agree to let Mbye go early.
Wests Tigers coach Ivan Cleary confirmed they had space in their cap for this year, seemingly suggesting they wanted to get Mbye over for the second half of this year.
Asked about the prospect of teaming up with Mbye again, Reynolds said: "Moses is a good friend of mine, he's playing good footy, I think he'd be an asset to any club.
"If there is anything to it, he'll probably call me and ask me.”
Cleary last year, in his first press conference as coach, said everyone at the club needed to "get on the bus” - a plea for solidarity as he attempts to put the Tigers back on track.
And Mbye's signature shapes as a major milestone in that quest.
Despite being one of the Bulldogs' few shining lights following his positional shift from the halves to fullback, the club is open to moving him on because of his heavily back-ended deal.
"His kick returns are probably the best in the game and he's just running, playing off the cuff,” Reynolds said.
"And sometimes in the halves you've got to think about so many things.
"With this position he's just doing what he's good at.”
Reynolds said his heart was pounding before coming off the bench in the 49th minute on Sunday. "Coming off the bench they try to inject you when the game's in a bit of a lull,” Reynolds said.