Rabbitohs‘ star player, Cody Walker, has finally responded to allegations of him and Latrell Mitchell receiving preferential treatment in the team. He strongly dismissed these claims, calling them ‘rubbish’.
Walker shared that he had approached coach Jason Demetriou to discuss rumours that club legend and former assistant coach Sam Burgess resigned due to his dissatisfaction with the unequal treatment of specific players in the Rabbitohs squad.
At a media briefing on Tuesday, Walker stated emphatically that he would never want to be associated with a team that practises favouritism. “I find it ridiculous that these reports suggest that we (him and Mitchell) are receiving special treatment,” said Walker.
“To put it mildly, it’s rubbish. I confronted JD (Demetriou) about this, asking if this was true. I told him that if it were the case, I would want to be informed straight away because I would never want to belong to a club that operates like that,” Walker added.
Although he and Mitchell do have a certain influence within the team, Walker reassures that he is in full agreement with the leadership decisions made at the club. “As a team leader, I share my views, but at the end of the day, JD has the final say. If a decision is made, we all rally behind it. I am no exception,” said Walker.
With his form currently not up to mark, Walker and his teammates need to step up their game with a critical match against the Roosters around the corner.
Walker feels that the club’s recent woes could either ‘ruin’ the Rabbitohs‘ season or ‘bring the team closer together’. “We’re left with no choice but to move forward. We have to pull through this together,” he stated.
Admitting to his below-par performances in recent weeks, Walker said, “I am not pleased with my performance or my form. However, I am putting in the effort to fix this. Facing the Roosters is always a big deal. It’s going to be no different this time. It’s going to be a monumental occasion.”