“Massive for me” – Leeds Rhinos fullback reflects on switch to Hull FC

The last few years haven’t gone according to plan for Leeds fullback Jack Walker.

The youngest player to ever win a Grand Final, Walker was in fine form at the end of 2019 and the start of 2020 before injury derailed him and saw Richie Myler replace him at fullback.

Then in 2021 injury ensured he didn’t play a minute and after eight games of this season another long term injury saw him on the sidelines prompting Leeds to bring in Zak Hardaker who, alongside Myler, has leapfrogged Walker in the pecking order.

Back from injury and needing game time, Walker has joined Hull FC on loan allowing Leeds to open cap space should they want to bring someone in.

Either way, it’s a move that’s beneficial for Walker with the fullback reflecting on it on Hull FC’s website: “They’ve all given me a really warm welcome. To be fair, I already know a few of the lads, so that’s helped me a little bit in that respect.

“So, yeah it’s been a great day so far.

“I want to try and help people get a smile back on their faces and help this club get some wins under their belt moving forward.

“Getting a consistent run of games is going to be massive for me. I think I got about eight games under my belt at the start of the season, but I’ve had a fair bit of time off, so I’m just really keen to kick on and finish the season strongly now.”

Of course, getting those wins could be damaging to his parent club’s play-off hopes but speaking about the deal today, Leeds boss Rohan Smith said that the player had to come first.

Hull fans shouldn’t get too attached either with Smith confirming that Walker would be back at Leeds.

Read Jack Walker’s full interview here.

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