Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Reece Walsh burst onto the scene in the NRL last season for the New Zealand Warriors and was set to be the long-term replacement for outgoing captain and fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.
The club believed in Walsh so much that they put him into the fullback role before Tuivasa-Sheck had even left the club, pushing the New Zealand International out onto the wing.
This faith in the 19-year-old was repaid with a solid run of form that led to Walsh being selected to make his State of Origin debut for Queensland in the second game of the 2021 series before he was unfortunately ruled out through injury.
However, a report from The Daily Telegraph’s Dean Ritchie has emerged this morning that Walsh is feeling unsettled at the Warriors and is looking for a return home to Queensland.
“Multiple sources have told News Corp that Walsh is feeling unsettled at the Warriors and will end up at either the Dolphins or Brisbane Broncos sooner rather than later,” said Ritchie.
“Walsh, 19, has not sought a release and has another two years officially remaining on his current Warriors contract.
— Dean Ritchie (@BulldogRitchie) February 6, 2022
“While rejoining Brisbane would appear to be his long-term preference, it is understood the Dolphins sit as favourites to secure the gun youngster.”
It is unlikely that we will see Walsh rejoin the Broncos, at least for a while, as it’s believed that the fullback was unhappy with the club’s lack of effort to keep him in the first place, with a reported plan being devised by the Broncos late last year to lure him back ultimately going up in smoke.
For that reason one must be led to think that if Walsh is seeking a return to Brisbane then the Dolphins would be the best fit for him, not to mention they are still yet to sign a fullback with not many off-contract at the end of 2022.
Walsh was born on the Gold Coast, which is the only piece of evidence at the moment that he may opt to sign for the Titans over the two Brisbane based clubs, although he does seem set on a return to Queensland’s capital specifically and the Titans seem quite content with Jayden Campbell.