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Former Wigan Warriors man Jackson Hastings’ tribute to Adam Walker

Yesterday rugby league was hit with the sad news that former player Adam Walker had died at the far too young age of 31.

A Scotland international, his career started at Huddersfield in 2010. Whilst with the Giants he spent time on loan with Barrow and Swinton before joining Hull KR in 2013.

He spent four years with the Robins making over 100 appearances but as they were relegated in 2016, he had the chance to join top club St Helens in 2017.

However, after just nine appearances and one try he moved onto Wakefield though this ended prematurely as he tested positive for cocaine.

Nonetheless, his career would be rekindled at Salford, like so many are, with a two-year deal with the Red Devils in which Walker helped them achieve the greatest fairytale in Super League history as they made it to the Grand Final after starting the season as second favourites for relegation giving Walker a deserved chance at playing at Old Trafford.

Though they lost, that Salford team will never be forgotten by neutrals, their fans and especially the players who made everyone believe in the impossible in 2019.

At the heart of that side was Man of Steel and Wigan bound Jackson Hastings who now plays for Wests Tigers in the NRL.

Hastings was, like everyone involved in rugby league, hurt by the news yesterday that Walker had died at the age of 31 and produced a heartfelt tribute to him on Twitter in which he described him as one of the best offloaders he’d played with and a misunderstood person.

“Rest in love fozzy,” Hastings said, “Absolute horrible news. One of the best offloaders I’ve been lucky enough to play alongside. Champion teammate and someone who was misunderstood. Best wishes to family and close friends during this tough time.”

That was just one of many lovely tributes which were made to Walker and his family yesterday with almost every Super League club sending their thoughts and condolences the way of his family and friends and everyone at Serious About Rugby League would echo those sentiments.

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