Jack Walker has been one of Super League’s enigmas in recent seasons.
The fullback earned a regular starting place in the side in 2017and registered five tries during his debut season, ending a superb first season with the club with a place in the Rhinos’ Grand Final winning squad, when he became the youngest player to lift the trophy, aged 18 and 60 days.
Since then, however, injuries have plagued Walker’s time at Headingley, and, following the arrival of Zak Hardaker midway through 2022, chances have been limited for the playmaker.
Coupled with an injury to Hull FC’s Jake Connor, Walker made the move to the MKM Stadium to work under Brett Hodgson for the rest of the season.
However, his agent – Craig Harrison of Show Me The Money UK – has revealed that Walker is unlikely to return to the Rhinos.
“Jack currently has another year left (on his Leeds deal) and we are meeting Gary (Leeds chief executive, Gary Hetherington) on Monday to discuss what is going to happen,” Harrison said on The Full Eighty Minutes podcast.
“He had been playing with. dead leg, but if I’m talking honestly I don’t think Jack will end up back at Leeds which is sad because I thought he would be a superstar there.
“I will challenge Leeds a little bit and hope that they have looked at him Hull and thought wow.”
Harrison also shed light on Walker’s injury status and how managing his body is a good thing.
“He made a comment on our podcast and it was that honest one and he said he has to manage his body and that was seen as a weakness but all the top athletes do that in the world.
“We are not in the 1970s, he’s not saying he wants to miss a training session, he’s honest.
“What I’m seeing, he’s gone to a club where the pressure is on, gone to a losing team and an atmosphere that isn’t great but he’s a superstar and everyone loves him.
“I personally don’t think he will end up going back to Leeds. All these injuries he has had he was playing. Within contracts in rugby league they have private medical insurance that says they will pay if the injuries are done on the field or training and all of Jack’s injuries have been done on the field.