16-year-old rugby league sensation Sam Walker will walk away from the Broncos at the end of the season, and has signalled his intentions to sign with the Sydney Roosters in 2020.
According to The Courier-Mail, Walker informed the Roosters on Tuesday of his decision, which was one that left 10 other NRL clubs – and even Rugby Australia – disappointed.
The young gun will sign a two-year deal with the Roosters, as Trent Robinson’s side look to a future without Cooper Cronk.
The halfback impressed in the Queensland under 18’s win against NSW last week ahead of Origin I, while also training against the senior Origin side in a whirlwind week for the youngster.
Walker’s uncle Shane, who played 150 games for the Broncos and Rabbitohs, believes his nephew has a long career ahead of him in the NRL.
“People have compared him to Kalyn Ponga but he plays differently to Ponga, Sam is pretty unique in his style,” Walker told The Courier-Mail.
“He reads play really well, he has a high football IQ for a kid so young and it comes back to his environment, he’s been around football since his earliest years.
“Sam can identify weaknesses in the opposition very quickly, even his kicking style and the way he moves is different to any young halfback I’ve seen.
“There’s no reason that Sam can’t have a long career in the NRL, but he needs to put the hard work in and keep on improving.”