Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Recent reports have suggested that one of the game’s most promising stars Reece Walsh is looking for a move away from his club the New Zealand Warriors after joining them in 2021.
Walsh was seen by the club as their long-term successor to former captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck in the fullback role, with the Warriors going as far as to push Tuivasa-Sheck out to the wing before he left to accommodate at fullback.
It is believed the 19-year-old is looking for a move back to Queensland with his young family and speculation is already starting to rise over where he will end up.
The two top contenders for his signature at the moment seem to be his former club the Brisbane Broncos and the NRL’s newest franchise The Dolphins, although Dolphins head coach Wayne Bennett has denied these rumours when speaking to James Hooper from Fox Sports.
“I’m not sure where it’s come from but I can assure you he hasn’t even been mentioned,” Bennett said.
“We know nothing about it and we’ve had nothing to do with it.”
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Brisbane seems to be taking a different tune when discussing the potential signing of their junior, or at least they did back in August when Kevin Walters gave his thoughts on the fullback.
“We never wanted to lose Reece,” said Walters.
“We are a Queensland-based club and I had high hopes for Reece to play for the Broncos.
“I’m not sure what will happen down the track, but Reece is always welcome back here, certainly.”
These comments may have been made nearly six months ago now, but if Walters sentiment remains the same then a move back to the Broncos could be more palatable for Walsh than it was earlier in the season when the club released him with minimal fuss.
For now, Walsh must not let this distract him from focussing on helping a Warriors side that has struggled recently make their first finals series since 2018.
Walsh’s Warriors will kick off their pre-season campaign by taking on the 2021 minor premiers the Melbourne Storm at Casey Fields in a fixture where funds will be raised for those impacted by the recent volcanic eruption and tsunami in Tonga.