South Sydney coach Wayne Bennett has a few options up his sleeve for fullback this season but halfback Adam Reynolds is confident that prized recruit Latrell Mitchell will get the nod.
Mitchell joined the Rabbitohs from the Sydney Roosters in the off season to join a stacked Rabbitohs backline which includes Alex Johnston, Adam Doueihi, Dane Gagai, James Roberts, Campbell Graham and Braidon Burns.
Mitchell made his name playing centre at the Roosters but has already indicated his desire to switch to fullback after playing his junior football there and Reynolds believes there is only one obstacle standing in his way.
“I think he’d play fullback; he just needs to get fit,” Reynolds said on The Ice Project.
“Things are in place for that to happen and I’m sure he will get that way; he’s moving around well at the moment at training.
“I’m sure he will get that way, he’s pretty dedicated and promised the boys he’ll be fit by round one.
“He’s been pretty upfront and honest that he wants to play fullback.”
As for goal kicking duties, it seems that has been a light-hearted internal point of discussion since Mitchell’s signing became official.
Reynolds has been the Rabbitohs’ goal-kicker since 2012 and kicks at 82%. In 2013 he kicked a remarkable 100 goals out of 111 attempts.
During his career, he has nailed various pressure goals including one to seal the Grand Final in 2014, a buzzer beater against the Parramatta Eels in 2016 when the scores were locked, plus a similar effort against the Dragons the next year.
Damien Cook chirped up on the podcast when talking about goal-kicking, jokingly asking Reynolds if they will share the duties in 2020.
“I’m kicking, I’ve got the better record,” Reynolds said with a laugh.