Son of former Leeds Rhinos man Ben Walker, Sam Walker, signed a new deal today to remain at the Sydney Roosters beyond 2023.
In fact the deal keeps him with the club until the end of 2025 as he becomes the future of the club.
Many tipped the Leeds born youngster to be the Roosters’ halfback for the next decade, but the bigger question is: who will partner him in the halves.
Luke Keary has been the Roosters’ number six for some time now and was pivotal in their back-to-back Grand Final wins in 2018 and 2019.
It was rumoured last year that he was one concussion away from retirement however.
Meanwhile, the Roosters are juggling three of the world’s best fullbacks at present. They have Australian skipper and Rugby League World Cup Final Man of the Match James Tedesco, “generational talent” in the eyes of St Helens Jon Wilkin Joseph Suaali’i of Samoa and of course Golden Boot winner and New Zealand star Joey Manu.
Manu showed the world what he can do playing centrally in the World Cup rather than playing out wide as a centre.
This has led to suggestions that he should play further in the middle and the Daily Telegraph have suggested that Walker’s new deal could pave the way for this to happen.
Either way, part of their future halfback pairing is secured now and Walker is very happy about it saying:
“The Roosters have been awesome for me and I’m grateful every day to be part of this great club,” Walker said.
“I love the Roosters club and the people in it so I’m stoked to extend my time here. From Trent Robinson and the coaches to the squad around me, I’m learning so much and I know this is where I’ll play my best footy.”