Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
After a year and a half at the New Zealand Warriors Reece Walsh will be heading back home to Queensland in 2023.
The Broncos released Walsh to the Warriors early on in the 2021 NRL season as he wasn’t receiving any game time at Red Hill.
Reports that Walsh was looking for a move back to Queensland surfaced at the start of the year which sparked speculation that he would be headed back to the Broncos although there were rumblings that he was unhappy with the club’s lack of faith in him originally and that he would instead seek a move to the NRL’s newest franchise The Dolphins.
It seems the rumours of Walsh holding a grudge against the Broncos were wrong as he is not only going back to the club but was offered more money by Wayne Bennett’s Dolphins but declined in favour of his former club according to Ben Dobbin on Triple M.
“He was offered double the amount of money to go to the Dolphins,” said Dobbin.
“The Dolphins had an offer on the table.”
Broncos head coach Kevin Walters was criticised for releasing Walsh originally but will now also be known as the person who brought him home, when speaking via the Broncos official website on Thursday he was elated to confirm that the 20-year-old was heading back to the club.
“Reece’s return is great news for everyone at the Broncos and for all our supporters and members we’ll get him back home next year,” said Walters.
“He’s a terrific young footballer and someone who has always belonged in Brisbane so it’s fantastic that he is coming back to where he belongs.
“Reece came through the Broncos system from a young age and the club has always considered him to be one of our most promising talents.”
Walsh must first see out the rest of 2022 with the Warriors who are currently in a battle to avoid the wooden spoon and are relying heavily on him to keep the club off the bottom of the ladder and possibly finish above the bottom four.