Leeds Rhinos fans will have been thrilled to see youngster Jack Walker being handed the number one shirt for the 2022 Super League campaign.
Having missed the entirety of the 2021 season with a foot injury, Walker has made incredible progress which has seen the youngster fly through his rehabilitation program.
The fullback burst onto the scene as a 17-year-old in 2017 scoring a hat-trick in the Challenge Cup against Doncaster alongside the likes of Danny McGuire and Rob Burrow. Over the course of 2017 he battled it out with Ashton Golding for the fullback spot.
Eventually, he secured the fullback spot before helping Leeds to Old Trafford where victory made him the youngest ever Grand Final winner.
He kicked on since then, establishing himself as one of the most exciting youngsters in the game only to be stifled by injury.
However, his injury nightmare looks to be behind him as he looked well in shape for pre-season as Leeds aim for better than a semi-final play-off spot in 2022.
Walker tweeted: “Been a long time out the game! Can’t wait to be back involved with the boy. Points to be proven @leedsrhinos“
— Jack Walker (@JackWakka1) November 12, 2021