Reynolds plays through pain for Bulldogs

SYDNEY – Sam Burgess wasn’t the only grand finalist with a heroic tale to tell on Sunday, with Canterbury five-eighth Josh Reynolds revealing he played most of the NRL decider with a busted shoulder.

An emotional Reynolds was confined to a sling post-match and said he was fearing the worst after feeling his shoulder popped out early in the contest.

The Bulldogs’ star will seek scans on Monday but it would appear he’s headed for off-season surgery on his left shoulder.

It’s been a roller coaster ride for Reynolds this season after he was part of NSW’s historic State of Origin triumph, and the 25-year-old made it clear he didn’t want any sympathy.

“I don’t want to sound like a sob story but I did it pretty early,” Reynolds said.

“I felt it before (on the right) side and fingers crossed it’s not as bad.

“It’s probably not good. I’m trying to be positive but I probably wouldn’t have this (sling) on.

“I think it might have popped out. I felt it, and I’ve done it before so I think it was close to that.

“But there was no excuse. I don’t want anyone to think this was anything because I’d go through that for these boys any day of the week.”

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