Rising Rugby League star Dylan Walker has signed a four-year deal with the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.
The 21-year-old centre, who with former South Sydney Rabbitohs teammate Aaron Gray was involved in an off-field drug overdose incident at the end of the 2015 season, was released by Souths last month. He and Gray, recovering from post-season surgeries, were rushed to intensive care after abusing powerful prescription pain-killers. Walker’s is a rising star who already owns a Premiership ring following the Rabbitohs Grand Final win in 2014 and has represented Australia.
The move frees up some money at Souths to help them squeeze the returning Sam Burgess in below the salary cap.
Walker hopes to replace Kieran Foran at five-eighth for Manly.
“I would love to play six alongside Daly Cherry-Evans and inside both Steve Matai and Jamie Lyon,” Walker told the Eagles media machine.
“Five-eighth was my favourite position coming through the juniors and if the coach wants me there I will jump at the opportunity.”
Manly CEO Scott Penn is delighted that Walker will wear the maroon and white and expects him to become a club favourite.
Walker is just one of the stars Manly has recruited in a bid to revitalise the team. Other signings include Nate Myles, Martin Taupau, Lewis Brown and Apisai Korisau.
“Trent Barrett and Bob Fulton have worked tirelessly to attract quality players to our club together with head management,” Penn said. – Jesse Mullens
Top photo of Walker with coach Trent Barrett and strategy consultant Bob Fulton from the Manly Sea Eagles Twitter feed.