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Walker secured for three years

Richard Becht & photosport.nz
Wed 2 Mar 2022, 11:45 AM

Three-time Māori All Stars centre Dylan Walker has signed a three-year contract with the Vodafone Warriors for the 2023, 2024 and 2025 NRL seasons.

The accomplished 27-year-old Walker, off-contract with Manly Warringah at the end of the 2022 season, has made 163 NRL appearances and scored 65 tries since his debut with the South Sydney Rabbitohs in 2013.

“He has proven himself among the competition’s best and most consistent players over the last two seasons, a player very much on top of his game,” said Vodafone Warriors general manager football Craig Hodges.

“He’s a high-quality centre who can also play in the halves, at fullback and fill a role in the middle if required. Dylan’s going to bring so much to our side from next season.”

As well as being a 2014 premiership winner with South Sydney, a former Kangaroo and New South Wales Origin representative, Walker has appeared for the Māori All Stars in each of the last three seasons.

“Signing Dylan is a terrific boost for us as we build and improve our roster for next season and beyond,” said Vodafone Warriors CEO Cameron George.

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“Along with our other major signings for 2023 and on, he will lend experience as well as adding hugely to our depth.”

Walker had an exceptional 2021 season for Manly when he helped the club to within one win of the NRL grand final.

Predominantly used in a roving interchange role in 20 matches, he averaged 115 metres and 15 tackles a game, scoring five tries.

He’s the Vodafone Warriors’ third major signing for the 2023 season and beyond following Cronulla Sutherland half Luke Metcalf and Parramatta second rower Marata Niukore.

DYLAN WALKER​

BornSeptember 27, 1994
BirthplaceSydney, NSW
Junior clubMascot Jets
PositionCentre/standoff/fullback
Height181cm
Weight98kg
Previous clubsSouth Sydney (2013-2015)
Manly Warringah (2016-2022)
NRL debutSouth Sydney v Wests Tigers, Stadium Australia, Sydney, May 17, 2013 (Rd 10)
NRL career163 appearances (2013-2021)
South Sydney: 62 appearances (2013-2015)
Manly Warringah: 101 appearances (2016-2021)
NRL points344 (65 tries, 42 goals)
South Sydney: 136 (33 tries, 2 goals)
Manly Warringah: 208 (32 tries, 40 goals)
Representative4 Tests for Australia (2014), 2 Origin matches for New South Wales (2016), NRL All Stars (2015), Māori All Stars (2020, 2021, 2022)
 
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Walker secured for three years

Richard Becht & photosport.nz
Wed 2 Mar 2022, 11:45 AM

Three-time Māori All Stars centre Dylan Walker has signed a three-year contract with the Vodafone Warriors for the 2023, 2024 and 2025 NRL seasons.

The accomplished 27-year-old Walker, off-contract with Manly Warringah at the end of the 2022 season, has made 163 NRL appearances and scored 65 tries since his debut with the South Sydney Rabbitohs in 2013.

“He has proven himself among the competition’s best and most consistent players over the last two seasons, a player very much on top of his game,” said Vodafone Warriors general manager football Craig Hodges.

“He’s a high-quality centre who can also play in the halves, at fullback and fill a role in the middle if required. Dylan’s going to bring so much to our side from next season.”

As well as being a 2014 premiership winner with South Sydney, a former Kangaroo and New South Wales Origin representative, Walker has appeared for the Māori All Stars in each of the last three seasons.

“Signing Dylan is a terrific boost for us as we build and improve our roster for next season and beyond,” said Vodafone Warriors CEO Cameron George.

dylan-walker-1c.jpg

“Along with our other major signings for 2023 and on, he will lend experience as well as adding hugely to our depth.”

Walker had an exceptional 2021 season for Manly when he helped the club to within one win of the NRL grand final.

Predominantly used in a roving interchange role in 20 matches, he averaged 115 metres and 15 tackles a game, scoring five tries.

He’s the Vodafone Warriors’ third major signing for the 2023 season and beyond following Cronulla Sutherland half Luke Metcalf and Parramatta second rower Marata Niukore.

DYLAN WALKER​

BornSeptember 27, 1994
BirthplaceSydney, NSW
Junior clubMascot Jets
PositionCentre/standoff/fullback
Height181cm
Weight98kg
Previous clubsSouth Sydney (2013-2015)
Manly Warringah (2016-2022)
NRL debutSouth Sydney v Wests Tigers, Stadium Australia, Sydney, May 17, 2013 (Rd 10)
NRL career163 appearances (2013-2021)
South Sydney: 62 appearances (2013-2015)
Manly Warringah: 101 appearances (2016-2021)
NRL points344 (65 tries, 42 goals)
South Sydney: 136 (33 tries, 2 goals)
Manly Warringah: 208 (32 tries, 40 goals)
Representative4 Tests for Australia (2014), 2 Origin matches for New South Wales (2016), NRL All Stars (2015), Māori All Stars (2020, 2021, 2022)
 
Would love to know the plan for walker.
Unless he’s coming to play center it’s hard to see how u could fit both him and jazz into the 17.
Guess they could share the 13 role?
He’s a bit of a jack of all trades master of none (hohaia anyone?) but it seems strange he’d move to nz if it wasn’t for a starting spot- which lends weight to the center theory but I thought they were backing the young guys there.
Good player but hard to see where he fits in ? 🤔
 
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"Michael Maguire was coaching the Kiwis and he was the coach who gave me my first-grade debut (at the Rabbitohs). We spoke and he wanted me involved to play centre.”

Is this a hint of plans at the Warriors?
 
"Michael Maguire was coaching the Kiwis and he was the coach who gave me my first-grade debut (at the Rabbitohs). We spoke and he wanted me involved to play centre.”

Is this a hint of plans at the Warriors?
"Meanwhile new Warriors coach Andrew Webster has confirmed he plans to use Walker as a bench utility, a role which he played for Manly through most of the 2022 season, usually coming on as a middle forward."

I would say this from the same article is the strongest hint of his Warrior plans.