Return to NRL is not ruled out

Shannon Walker breaks away to score a try for Australia against Samoa in the Tokyo Sevens earlier this month. Walker says he is loving the rugby but has not discounted one day returning to the NRL
Shannon Walker breaks away to score a try for Australia against Samoa in the Tokyo Sevens earlier this month. Walker says he is loving the rugby but has not discounted one day returning to the NRL Getty Images

A CHRONIC but long undiagnosed lower-back problem has emerged as one of the main reasons for the injury-plagued career of former Titans fullback and Australian rugby sevens player Shannon Walker.

The Kyogle product was released from the Titans last August and made his debut for the Australian sevens team only three weeks ago following persistent hamstring injury.

"It turns out the main source of my problem was an impingement in my lower back," Walker said.

"It was causing a pelvic tilt and putting all the pressure on my hamstring.

"I'd keep pushing myself and be back for a week and then out again for three - it was really frustrating."

Walker was part of the Australian team that defeated Samoa 28-26 in the final of the Tokyo Sevens last week.

He credits his ability to pick up the game in such a short time to coach and fellow rugby league convert Michael O'Connor.

"He understands where I'm coming from because he's done the same thing," Walker said.

"I'm loving the rugby. I've already been to Fiji, Hong Kong and Japan.

"We have England and Scotland coming up soon so that will be another two I can tick off the box."

Although Walker has his sights set on playing in the Australian sevens team at the 2016 Olympics, he admits he would love to play rugby league again.

"I would definitely love to come back but that is a long way down the track," he said.

"I had injuries at the Titans and I was never going to get ahead of Preston Campbell and Zilly (William Zillman).

"We have a young team and the plan is to come together now and aim for those Olympics.

"I live in Brisbane and we travel around and train in Sydney and Canberra so it's just as hectic as being in the NRL.

"I'm racking up a heap of frequent flyer points anyway."

The sevens team has a month to prepare for the final two World Series events of the year which will be held next month.

Topics:  football gold coast titans nrl rugby league shannon walker

VIDEO: Gav 'the greatest water man' farewelled

Gavin Arthur ashes were scattered today at Brunswick.

Gav was sent off just the way he would have wanted.

Wanted on warrant: Dane Lickiss

Police are seeking community assistance in locating Dane Lickiss

Police are seeking community assistance in locating Dane Lickiss

Reader calls Lismore Mayor to ‘get his head out of the sand’

A supplied image obtained Sunday, Aug 3, 2014 of drugs and cash seized at Glenugie near Grafton in NSW on Sunday, Aug 3, 2014. More than $500,000 worth of methylamphetamine (ice) and cash has been seized from a car after the driver was allegedly caught speeding on a northern NSW highway. (AAP Image/ NSW Police) NO ARCHIVING, EDITRIAL USE ONLY

Northern Rivers ice problem broadcast nationwide

Local Partners

Tensions high at pointy end of MKR's round two

WHEN an ex-vegan pacifist says "I think people that score strategically need a kick in the shins”, the MKR gloves are off.

Jungle Jay sent packing from I'm a Celebrity

I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Here! contestant Jay Laga'aia with Keira.

BIG friendly giant Jay Laga'aia has been eliminated from I'm A Celeb

Carson Kressley brings 'camp' to I'm a Celebrity jungle

"I am not all Park Avenue and daffodils” ... Carson Kressley.

Meet the "campest” campmate to star on I'm a Celebrity.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi mystery already solved

FILE- This undated file photo provided by Disney shows Daisey Ridley as Rey, left, and John Boyega as Finn, in a scene from the film, \"Star Wars: The Force Awakens.\" Hasbro said it is changing its Star Wars Monopoly set after an 8-year-old girl became upset that Rey, the movie's female heroine, was not included as a figure along with Darth Vader and Kylo Ren. (Disney/Lucasfilm via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

A key mystery surrounding the title of episode eight has been solved

Kids' game "full of f**king paedophiles" according to dad

A mortified dad has expressed serious concerns over an online game

Lisa Marie Presley's ex caught with child pics: court

Lisa Marie Presley, at right, and her husband, Michael Lockwood back in 2010. FILE

Lisa Marie, 49, claimed she was left “sick to her stomach”

Robert Irwin introduces Jimmy Fallon to wild guests

Robert Irwin introduces Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon to a cuddly sloth.

ROBERT Irwin continues Steve's legacy.

Proposed $21 million airpark in holding pattern

A front view of the proposed new aviation museum at Evans Head.

Late businessman's dream on hold ... for now

Clarence River island paradise selling for $5M

Former Ballina councillor Margaret Howes is selling her island getaway.

GALLERY: Tropical getaway with beaches and airstrip put on market.

Bidding could start at $1.4M for sought after property

Farrell McCrohon's Jojo Newby rides on a property recently listed at Buccarumbi

One of largest rural properties on market to go under hammer today

What $11.9m can get you on Coast's most exclusive street

29-31 Wyuna Drive Noosaville Qld 4566

This is what a cool $11.9m can get you

How a first home buyer built house with no deposit

NEARLY THERE: Construction on the first house to home orphans at Umoja began in January.

Photo Contributed

His home will be completed later this year.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!