Family affair ... Canterbury's Josh Reynolds appreciated the support of his grandmother, Robyn Snashall, and 12-year-old cousin Madisen at Belmore yesterday. Photo: Brendan Esposito
JOSH REYNOLDS'S grandmother admits she cringes that he is nicknamed ''Grub'' and wants people to know the Canterbury five-eighth is completely different off the field.
''It does worry me,'' Robyn Snashall said after receiving a kiss from her 23-year-old grandson as he came from the field at the end of a public training session at Belmore Sports Ground yesterday.
''I often wish people would know what he is like off the field. I think people think that what he is out there is what he is off the field, but he is nothing like that.
''Off the field he is the most laid-back kid you would ever meet. I hope everybody knows what he is because he is a very good kid.''
Reynolds's grandmother and his 12-year-old cousin Madisen Snashall were among hundreds of Bulldogs fans who attended the open training session and after watching the workout she spoke of her pride that he was playing in Sunday's grand final.
Having made just 10 NRL appearances before this season, Reynolds's goal was just to cement a first-grade spot, but his grandmother said she always knew he would make it.
''This has been his dream and I am sure Josh would be out on that field [playing] for nothing,'' she said. ''He has worked very, very hard to get here and I am so proud of him.
''Josh had ups and downs but he is just one of those kids who didn't mind the training and putting in the hard work.
''I have driven Josh to training on crutches [when he injured his ankle], he was there every day and he would never not go. Even in the off-season Josh would go up to the park to train on his own so I think he has earned what he has got.''
Despite Reynolds being a Canterbury junior, his grandmother and most of the family are Wests Tigers fans, but they all supported the Bulldogs when he played.
Reynolds, who was named in this year's Rugby League Week players poll as the No.2 niggler in the game behind Canterbury captain Michael Ennis, said he was grateful for the support of his family and would dedicate a premiership win to them.
''It is a big thing, they have supported me through thick and thin so I definitely think it will be a way to pay them back if I can do them proud on Sunday,'' he said.
''I have only played at the Dogs and I have come through the grades here so to play in a grand final with this club and 16 other mates is something I have always wanted to do.''
Among those mates is halfback Kris Keating, who he grew up with playing junior football.
''We just look at each other and it is a bit surreal,'' Reynolds said.
''It is crazy to be playing in a grand final but to be playing with one of your best mates is awesome.
''I can't really believe it to tell the truth and if we can get the win it will be unbelievable.''