South Sydney Rabbitohs‘ star player Cody Walker has chosen not to comment on the uproar involving Rod Churchill. However, he vehemently dismissed the idea that he and Latrell Mitchell control the Rabbitohs team, labelling such claims as baseless and absurd.
In a recent interview, Walker faced questions about the increasing controversy concerning the Rabbitohs team. Much speculation has revolved around his and Mitchell’s alleged dominance at the club.
Last week, Sam Burgess, Souths assistant coach and a Rabbitohs legend, resigned amidst accusations of discontentment with the Souths’ varied standards. However, both head coach Jason Demetriou and Walker have denied these allegations.
Walker openly scoffed at the reports, calling them laughable. “I sought advice from JD and questioned if these rumours held any truth”, Walker stated.
The star player emphasised that he would want to know if such a situation ever arose, as he wouldn’t want to be a part of a club in such a state. Walker reiterated these concerns to his peers, Murray and Cook, and also to Mitchell.
There’s been talk of tension between Walker and Demetriou too. But, when asked about it, Walker remarked, “As a leading player, I voice my opinions. However, ultimately what JD says counts. That’s how it works with the leadership team too – Cameron is the captain. Though we express our perspectives on different topics, we always support the final decision. I am no exception.”
On being asked about Rod Churchill, Walker refused to comment. Churchill, son of the club’s legend, Clive Churchill, had recently made outrageous claims about Mitchell which led to an apology.
In terms of focusing on external matters, Walker made it clear he’s more concerned about winning football matches – especially important ones, like their upcoming match against the Sydney Roosters, where a spot in the finals is at stake.
His recent performance, which Walker admitted has been less than stellar, can impact not just him but the entire Rabbitohs‘ team’s rhythm. “Cameron made a good point – this situation could either destabilise us or bring us closer together, there’s no way but forward”, Walker said.
Despite struggling with his form, Walker assured he’s working hard to turn things around. The clash against the Roosters is indeed a momentous challenge, and he believes it has the power to ignite not just his performance but also bring the best out of the rest of the Rabbitohs.