Shannon Walker during his first stint with the Gold Coast in the National Rugby League in 2008. Walker will train with the Titans in the preseason with hopes of picking up a contract.
Shannon Walker during his first stint with the Gold Coast in the National Rugby League in 2008. Walker will train with the Titans in the preseason with hopes of picking up a contract. COLIN WHELAN

Walker returns to NRL

IT WOULD be fitting to see Kyogle product Shannon Walker back in the National Rugby League with the Gold Coast Titans.

The Turkeys junior was one of the first Northern Rivers players scouted by the Titans when they came into the NRL in 2007.

Walker made his debut the following year before he signed with the Australian Rugby Union in 2011.

He has travelled the world playing in the Australian rugby sevens team but has returned to the Gold Coast to trial with the Titans.

A big call considering rugby sevens is part of the Olympic Games in Rio next year.

The 26-year-old has signed with Intrust Super Cup club Tweed Seagulls but will spend the preseason with the Titans.

Ballina junior Damian Sironen was given the same opportunity last summer before signing with the Newcastle Knights mid-year.

Walker still has plenty to offer but has battled constant hamstring injuries during his time in rugby union.

Former Kyogle teammate Will Matthews has also had his fair share of injuries over the years.

The pair went to the Titans together straight out of Kyogle Under-18s with Matthews eventually signing with the Dragons in 2012.

In what could be a good omen for Walker, Matthews played 13 games this season, the most he has strung together since his debut at the Titans in 2008.

Another mouth-watering prospect is the amount of Northern Rivers talent that could be on the field at the Titans next season.

Ballina junior Tyrone Roberts has signed with the club after five years at the Newcastle Knights.

Roberts has the chance to link up with not only Walker but speedster James Roberts.

They are not brothers but they did play together as far back as Under-7s at Ballina.

Marist Brothers junior David Mead is still at the Titans along with Yamba product Luke Douglas and Grafton's Anthony Don.

Keep an eye out for Walker if he is given a chance to play in the Auckland Nines preseason tournament in February.



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