Two of the game’s greats think the Roosters should already be shaping to build their long-term plans around Sam Walker.
“Right now? Five years,” Brad Fittler told Wide World of Sports’ Freddy and The Eighth when asked what sort of contract extension the Roosters should offer Walker.
“Apart from injury, he just is going to be there. You can just tell. Shies away from nothing.”
In 2019, the Roosters got under the guard of the Broncos and trumped interest from Rugby Australia to lure the teenager down to Bondi, with a contract that expires at the end of this season.
But both Fittler and Andrew Johns give other clubs very little chance of swooping in to poach Walker now.
“He’s in a great system, well-coached club, club that looks after him, great players around him, great forward pack – just let him stay there,” Johns said.
“He’ll make his money without a doubt in the next couple of years, but initially without taking the piss demanding 900k or a million dollars.”
Johns said it made sense especially when you consider the lack of quality halfbacks in the NRL currently.
“The halfback tree, the Lorax (a Dr. Seuss character) cut it down,” he said.
The Immortal was flabbergasted that the Broncos had allowed Walker, who went to high school in Ipswich, to slip through their net.
“His dad, his two uncles played for Brisbane. Why, how he’s playing for the Roosters? You can see them when they’re 12, 13, 14 the exceptional, halfbacks especially,” Johns said.
“They should have just gone ‘you’re playing for us – Brisbane”.
While Johns sees the Roosters as strong favourites to retain Walker’s services, he wouldn’t rule out a Red Hill raid for the young gun.
“Brisbane might come in really big for him, considering they’re talking about [Tom] Dearden going to the Cowboys,” he said.
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