Rabbitohs five-eighth Cody Walker has been awarded the 2016 John Sattler Rookie of the Year that has topped off what will be a memorable debut year for Walker.
The award is Walker’s third of the night as he also took home the Roy Asotasi Members’ Choice Award and the Tooheys New Fan Player of the Year Award, presented at tonight’s (Friday’s) Red and Green Ball.
Walker earned his spot in the Rabbitohs’ starting side with his fantastic performances throughout his debut year, mainly at five-eighth and fullback. Walker scored eight tries and assisted with 12. He made 225 runs covering 2022 metres in 20 games.
Walker has been described as ‘a natural footballer’ by his teammate Greg Inglis and was recognised across the NRL, named as the RLPA Rookie of the Year.
Walker has signed with the Rabbitohs until the end of the 2018 season and will continue to aim to make an impact in the cardinal and myrtle.
The Rookie of the Year award is named after one of South Sydney’s most inspirational players of all time in the form of the legendary John Sattler. Sattler captained the Rabbitohs to four Premiership victories in five years from 1967 to 1971, including the famous 1970 Grand Final in which he played for 77 minutes of the game with a jaw broken in three places.
Walker was presented his award by Football Club and Member Co. Director, Nik Hatzistergos.
Congratulations to Cody on winning the John Sattler Rookie of the Year.
2003 – Mark Minichiello
2004 – Joe Williams
2005 – Manase Manuokafoa and Yileen Gordon
2006 – Germaine Paulson
2007 – Issac Luke
2008 – Chris Sandow
2009 – David Tyrrell
2010 – Dylan Farrell
2011 – Nathan Peats
2012 – Adam Reynolds
2013 – Dylan Walker
2014 - Alex Johnston
2015 – Chris Grevsmuhl
Previous Awards Tonight: