Rookie Roosters half Sam Walker praised the no-frills game plan handed to him on his debut by Trent Robinson.
Rookie Roosters half Sam Walker has praised the no-frills game plan handed to him on his debut, which allowed him to get through his first hit-out in the top grade without any issues.
“For me, I was just focusing on directing the team around, using my voice to get the team in positions that we needed to get into,” he said on 4BC’s Wide World of Sports radio with Peter Psaltis and Paul Vautin.
“The way we aimed to play this week, it was easy enough to step up and just play what we see. That’s the good thing about Trent.”
Walker looked at home in the top grade on debut, setting up a try in the first half as the Roosters cruised to a 32-12 win on Easter Sunday.
“It was pretty crazy … I was pretty good all week and sort of as we were about to run out there I got a little bit more nervous than I anticipated,” he said.
“Once I got that first touch of the footy and that first tackle out of the way I felt really comfortable. I was just trying to do my role and play my part for the team.
“The combination on my side made me feel really comfortable. We all sort of knew our roles, and they all executed – it made my job easy, and having Teddy out the back, the best player in the world, to link up with, was unreal.”
Walker’s father Ben was in the stands at the SCG, as well as uncle Shane and other family members.
“As soon as I got the call-up they all booked their flights – it was amazing to have that support network there and it made things a lot easier. I had no idea where they were, I tried to look for them after the game.”
“That’s the bit I really enjoyed that he played that way tonight, rather than trying to put everything into one game. He said.
“There’s a lot of footy in the kid … we are just getting started.”
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