Reynolds continued, revealing a recall would mean more to him than it did when he earned his first cap in the opening game of the 2016 series.
“It would probably mean more this time around knowing what it’s like now. I still get jealous when I see other players run out there and play in that number seven jersey,” he said.
“I know what to expect now and I know what it means to earn that jersey. I don’t want to let go.
“If I ever get it again I want to be there for the next five, six years, or however long I am playing.
“I am a proud New South Welshman and obviously loved seeing what they did last year. I would love to be a part of it again.”
Reynolds’ kicking game, playmaking and game management has helped guide Souths to second on the premiership ladder through the first nine rounds of the season.
It would probably mean more this time around knowing what it’s like now.
He believes he is now a much more rounded player than the one which donned the sky blue jersey three years ago.
“I suppose I know the game a lot more now. I am more experienced, I can read the play better, I know how to work combinations a bit better now,” he said.
“I get what the big games are about now. Even though I won a comp and played Origin in ’16, I sort of still was making it up as I was going. I have had a couple of tough seasons between now and then.”
Those tough seasons triggered some “soul searching” and the result has been his best start to a season since first earning representative honours.
“I soul searched and I was looking at how I could improve and how I could make the team better. I think that is the strength of me at the moment,” Reynolds said.
“I know what works for our team and how to get the best out of the boys and what is required as part of my job and how I can improve everyone else around me.
“I am continually working on my game as much as anyone else. Don’t get me wrong, I love the style of footy that we are playing and I am loving my role within the team but I still think I can take my game to another level.”
The man who has helped guide Reynolds back towards his best football, Souths coach Wayne Bennett, believes the star playmaker has the rounded game required to return to the Origin arena.
“His kicking game is right on the money, his defence is really good and he’s running the footy,” Bennett said. “I don’t know what NSW are looking for at the moment, so I can’t really help you.”
Sam is a sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.