He may have less than a dozen games under his belt, but Souths halfback Adam Reynolds is warming to the role at the club – and he was the hero for them yesterday afternoon, kicking the winning field goal in golden-point, to give Souths a 19-18 win over the Dragons.
“Reyno’s been continually improving,” Maguire said.
“He’s got a mature head but he stepped up another level today with the way he controlled the game.
“Not only kicking the field goal, but the kicking long and the chasing he did.
“He’s a mature kid, he’s got his feet on the ground and it’s great to see a young kid stand up like that and he’s getting what he deserves.”
Reynolds, who missed the entire 2011 season with a knee reconstruction, but the time off allowed Reynolds to study the halfbacks that he views as the best in the game.
“Having a year off gave me a chance to watch a lot of football and see what all the top halfbacks are like,” Reynolds said.
“They’re all mature and keep the pressure on and that is what I have to do in my game.
“I didn’t really know how I would go after a year off but all the leaders have put the pressure on, but also made me feel good about how I am going.
“I’ve definitely grown with each game, I know I have to be more dominant but I’m getting there.”
Despite losing their third successive game, Dragons coach Steve Price says that he has no plans to panic yet, and was pleased with his side’s performance.
“We can’t take a trick in golden point, but I am very proud of the effort from the boys, they gave it a crack, it just wasn’t our night, but we can hold our heads high,” he said.
“We will get things right.”
Compared to their performance against Penrith last Monday night, Dragons captain Ben Hornby thought that his side played a lot better this week.
“The way we started and the way we played was definite improvement, we are more positive after this game.” Hornby said.
“No-one likes to lose in golden point two weeks in a row. We lost our way a bit at the back end of the first half. We regrouped well and just couldn’t finish the job off.”