Walker poised for recall
NO ONE likes to see a team-mate get injured but when Greg Bird’s hamstring tore on the weekend Shannon Walker’s NRL career may have been rekindled.
The Kyogle junior has been waiting in the wings for another shot at the big-time since he made a nervous three-match cameo with the Gold Coast Titans in 2008.
And with the Titans’ backline torn apart by injury – Preston Campbell is likely to switch to five-eighth to cover for Bird – Walker is some chance of getting a crack at his favoured No 1 jersey.
Gold Coast coach John Cartwright has kept a close eye on Walker, who was outstanding as Tweed Heads overcame Queensland Cup pace-setters Souths Logan 32-6 on the weekend, but wouldn’t guarantee the enigmatic flyer a start.
“(Walker) was really good on the weekend and his consistency has been a lot better than it has been in the past,” Cartwright said.
“He will be pressing (for a spot in the line-up).
“But it’s all about how we are going to play St George and we will pick a side to suit.”
Cartwright admitted that his men have struggled to turn pressure into points of late, particularly last week against the Broncos, and with Walker back to his slippery best for the Seagulls in recent weeks he presents himself as a solution to that problem.
The explosive 22-year-old has the speed and skill to blow a game apart but the Titans may be wary of throwing him in the deep end for what is almost a must-win game.
In his debut, Walker came off the bench in a close game against the Bulldogs and made a few mistakes which only increased the pressure on him to perform.
But he insists he is a different player this time around and will be looking to make the most of any opportunity handed to him in a bid to land a contract for 2011.