Rabbitohs outside back, Dylan Walker, is keen to build on his versatility and learn more about playing at fullback after the Souths Junior deputised for skipper, Greg Inglis, on Thursday night at Allianz Stadium.
While fellow Souths Junior, Alex Johnston, was named in the number one jumper, it was Walker who found himself behind the defensive line against Brisbane, with the young-gun showing plenty of enthusiasm with his kick returns.
And while it wasn’t the first time Walker has slotted into the custodian position in place of Inglis – having done so on a number of occasions in the past, most notably against the Warriors in 2014, and playing for Australia against New Zealand – the match represented a rare start in the position.
Pending the fitness of Inglis, Walker could find himself out the back once again next Friday when the Rabbitohs take on arch-rivals the Roosters at Allianz Stadium.
“It was new to me,” admitted Walker of playing in the position.
“The lungs went out pretty quick at the back end of the game and I was a bit tired, but It’s something that I’m really keen to keep learning and keep building on.
“He (Maguire) just said to be around the ruck and show a lot of (energy).”
Walker contributed 170 metres with the ball in hand on Thursday off 15 carries, while also managing to break three tackles and making six of his own.
Now a veteran of 60 NRL games – all for the Rabbitohs – Walker says that there is plenty of talent and versatility in the Club’s ranks that is hungry to get the win over the chooks at Allianz Stadium.
“We know what we have and what we’re capable of,” said Walker.
“We’ve got players around here that are potential superstars; Alex Johnston, Sommi (Kirisome Auva’a) – he’s back and he’s a real great player, the likes of Luke Keary and Adam Reynolds.”