Roosters halfback Sam Walker is breaking his silence surrounding damaging whispers suggesting he intended to depart from his club after his surprising demotion to NSW Cup, insistent he had no plans of leaving.
The young player was relegated to reserve grade following a round seven defeat to Cronulla, later suffering an ACL sprain towards the end of April and only returning to the NRL recently.
Additionally, whispers hinted at a potential shift to playing rugby union.
Such speculation proved distressing and damaging to Walker, a player who vehemently asserts his unwavering commitment to his club.
Walker’s contract with Bondi continues until 2025’s end, following a two-year extension signed the previous year.
Walker confessed to Roosters Radio of the myriad rumours encircling his club status.
Walker maintained transparent communications with his team, and they reciprocated. “We were both on the same page, it made it really easy for me,” Walker said, asserting his commitment to the Roosters.
Since his comeback to the Roosters NRL squad a fortnight ago, Walker has displayed top-notch performance and is expected to be vital in Saturday night’s elimination final against Cronulla at PointsBet Stadium.
His peers recognised him as players’ player against Souths last weekend.
With halves partner Luke Keary, Walker hopes to create a formidable duo.
Walker acknowledged Keary’s remarkable performance this year, praising his incredible form and leadership.
As Walker re-integrated with the team after several victorious games, he noted the building excitement and intensity within the club.
Despite a season fraught with challenges, friends testify that Walker neither sulked nor complained.
“The experience of being dropped, and then the knee injury, certainly posed a significant challenge,” he admitted, also sharing his efforts to develop his skills during his injury period that kept him off the field.
He further expressed excitement about being back on the field at such a thrilling time in the season, claiming he wouldn’t swap the journey he’s had for anything else.