Since bursting onto the scene last season, Sam Walkers has become one of the best young halfbacks in the NRL, perhaps even on the planet.
He has become a key player for the Roosters and as they finished the regular season strongly before they crashed out of the play-offs in a fiery game against South Sydney last week to the surprise of many.
It was a record-breaking game with seven yellow cards shown, the most in NRL history, but that was just the tip of the iceberg in terms of intriguing stories from the game with Walker having one of his own.
Walker was playing in the derby with a fractured bone according to zerotackle in an effort reminiscent of a former Sydney Roosters halfback Cooper Cronk who played in a Grand Final with a similar injury back in 2018.
He played the full 80 minutes as the Roosters lost three players including the vital James Tedesco to failed head injury assessments as well as Daniel Tupou to a groin problem whilst the likes of Victor Radley received yellow cards with Radley even picking up two.
Yet Walker played on with a broken bone but will now have to focus on allowing it to heal which will take one and a half months meaning if he had any hopes of being called up for the World Cup are gone.
Walker is probably too young to be considered for Australia but perhaps England is an avenue he could take being born in Leeds when his dad Ben Walker played for the Rhinos.
A great young player, both England and Australian setups must be keeping tabs on him at this time though now he will have to put his effort into recovery.