He may have only played one game for Hull FC, but Jack Walker isn’t likely to be forgotten by Black and White fans any time soon as he came up with an outstanding display at the back in yesterday’s amazing derby day win over Hull KR – a performance that was key to Hull securing the win
This saw the on loan Leeds fullback pick up Sky Sports’ Man of the Match award where he described the atmosphere as only second to the Grand Final which he starred in back in 2017 becoming the youngest player to win the Super League title as he did.
That, along with his comments on social media seem to indicate he’s already loving life at Hull FC.
After the game he took to Twitter to describe it as “one of the best occasions” of his career.
He said: “That was one of the best occasions I’ve been involved in my career, been a great week with a new set of lads topped off with the win. Thankyou everyone for the messages. Onto next week.”
That was one of the best occasions I’ve been involved in my career, been a great week with a new set of lads topped off with the win. Thankyou everyone for the messages. Onto next week 🙌🏼▫️▪️
— Jack Walker (@JackWakka1) July 10, 2022
This begs the question: Could he stay at Hull FC beyond this brief loan spell?
He seems very happy there despite being at the club for less than a week and has already demonstrated his value to the club.
When asked about Jack Walker prior to the Magic Weekend, Leeds boss Rohan Smith revealed Leeds’ intentions to bring him back to the club after his loan spell especially with Walker contracted to Headingley until the end of next season.
So this is already one stumbling block should Walker want to become a Hull player permanently. There may be another in the shape of Jake Connor.
We’ve seen Jamie Shaul miss out on a lot of rugby despite being a very good fullback because of Brett Hodgson’s decision to make Jake Connor is fullback in a move that has certainly brought the best out of him.
Injured now and admittedly linked with a move to Canberra or even Warrington, Connor is still set to be a Hull player meaning, just like at Leeds, the fullback spot is not guaranteed for Walker at the MKM Stadium.
His future certainly is certainly up in the air. Will he be at Leeds, Hull or somewhere else in 2023?