Casino's Cody Walker takes out QRL Best and Fairest award
CASINO product Cody Walker knows a thing or two about keeping it all in the family.
Walker, 24, plays rugby league for Easts Tigers in the Queensland Cup and took out the Courier Mail Best and Fairest award at the QRL awards night.
The last player to do that from the Northern Rivers was his cousin and Kyogle junior Shannon Walker.
Walker played for the Tweed Seagulls at the time and is now with the Australian Rugby Union sevens team. Cody Walker discovered he was the third family member to win the award with his uncle Henry Foster taking the honours in 1985.
It was a big night for Walker. He also finished as the competition's leading points scorer. However, the best and fairest award was something he never saw coming.
"I definitely had no idea about it and didn't even know what to say at the time," Walker said.
"I rung my uncle to tell him I'd won it and he so happy for me. My family have been a big influence and I go back to Casino all the time. It's a big confidence boost for me with the semi-finals coming up,"
Walker also signed a two-year contract on Monday with the Melbourne Storm in the NRL.
He will finish the season with the Tigers before moving to Melbourne for pre-season training with the Storm.
Walker played alongside Gareth Widdop at Easts last week and is hopeful of a debut with the Storm in 2014.
The five-eighth would love nothing more than to play in the halves with Cooper Cronk.
A big possibility considering Widdop is leaving for the Dragons and Brett Finch retiring.
"I'm not guaranteed a spot, all I can do is train hard and hope for the best," Walker said.
"It's a tier-two contract and I'm really looking forward to the move.
"I've been lucky in Brisbane and want to finish well with the boys."
Walker will play in a major semi-final against minor premiers Northern Pride on Sunday.
He first started with the Titans under-20s and had a stint in Sydney playing NSW Cup with the Windsor Wolves.