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The Roosters are eying Ipswich rookie Sam Walker as the club’s long-term replacement for Cooper Cronk, reports theΒ Daily Telegraph.

The 16-year old is the son of former NRL great Ben Walker, and the pair were in Sydney two weeks ago to hold talks with the reigning premiers.

Trent Robinson and Luke Keary were both at the meeting to discuss the youngster’s future.

The Ipswich Grammar Student was signed to a development scholarship with the Broncos when he was 12, but that deal expires this year.

He is also being courted by the Australian Rugby Union.

Walker is currently involved in both codes, playing rugby union at school and rugby league on weekends for the Ipswich Jets under-18s in the Mal Meninga Cup.

The Roosters believe he will be ready to play first-grade in 2021, when he turns 18.

It is believed that as many as eight other NRL cubs are chasing Walker, who is thought to be leaning towards the Roosters.

The Canterbury Bulldogs are reportedly offering twice as much as Sydney, while the New Zealand Warriors are also keen on Walker’s services.

Likened to Kalyn Ponga, he would likely become the highest ever paid 18-year old in either code.


  1. It’s good to see the struggling clubs get the most promising talent.
    It’s what keeps the NRL such an even, exiting sport to watch.

  2. Not signed yet.
    Cat’s out of the bag on this one and the Rorters hoping to sign him up for a bargain to free up more for Lattrell when Cronk continues as Head Coach next year after Captain/ Coach this year.
    Wobbo will still continue his post match conference duties as the Claytons Coach.

  3. If he does sign of course it will be a bargain. He is only 16 years old carnt play until he is 18. If they retire Aubusson at years end let lamb lewis and garvey go plus the 200k increase in the cap next year it will give them around 1.8 mill to play with. Enough to upgrade mitchell keary manu buy the kid and have about a 1mil left.

  4. True mate, last season was a classic example of how even the comp was with just two points between 1st through to eighth after the final round. πŸ’ͺπŸ”πŸ‘‰ Top four all had 34pts the other four all had 32 pts.

    Manly can bid for him. But with the Roosters and Storms impressive record of putting the polishing touches on promising rookies with great coaching techniques that actually go onto to make big names for themselves in the NRL level and win premierships. The young talent would on most occasions go to a club with a proven track record.

    Its a bit like the voice. If all four coaches turn around and the singer has to make a decision which coach will bring out the best in them so they can have a shot at stardom πŸŽ±πŸŽ±πŸŽ±πŸŽ±πŸŽ±βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”

  5. Stevie πŸ˜‡ and 🌈 loverboy πŸ’ž Sydney Portier πŸ‘¨πŸ½ you two CLOWNS 🀑🀑 forgot that Trent Robinson won a premiership in his first NRL SEASON. Something that Bennett could not do. πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£ You keep setting them up and I will keep Bowling them down ya pair 🍐🍐 of N1TW1TSπŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ‘

  6. At 16 its not about the money, its all about picking the right club that will turn him into an NRL player. The Roosters have a proven record with turning good talent into premiership wining NRL Rep Players. Minichellio, Fletcher, Crocker, Heggerty, Lomu, Flannery, Bonnetti, Ricketson, Cusack, Tupou, Kenny-Dowell, Tuivasa-Sheck, Pearce, Waerea-Hargraves, Friend, Guerra, Cordner, Frank-Paul Nuuausala, Aubbusson, Mitchell, Manu, Taukeiaho, Radley, Liu, Napa, Matterson. are just a handful of young talent that the Roosters turned into premiership winning superstars. All debut for the Chooks after coming to the club as young talent.

    2020 We will be adding Walker to that listπŸ’ͺπŸ”πŸ‘πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£

  7. Woody, your mate on the other side went berko πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ pulling knives out of his back cause his wingman dumped his blue azz πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  8. Another player that Wood Chuck would say is a Nuggets Junior, if he goes to that club? Just like all the New Zealanders there.
    One very good player can help to change a whole clubs fortunes. Just as an 18 year old Ponga did for the Knights. If that good, he can help attract other players to the club & get players around him to try harder.
    So if Walker is like Ponga, he doesn’t need the Nuggets to help him along , as one here would like anyone to believe.. He can go anywhere he likes & be a success. Then help bring that club along for the ride.
    Go to the Dogs , Warriors or whoever you like young Walker. Take the best money.
    You don’t need any chicken nuggets!

  9. Just on the Nuggets halves. How Lam must feel loved there. He’s not in first grade yet & they are looking to replace him now & with a 16 year old , in 2 years.
    They will be looking to get another halfback for the next 2 years as well.
    Jump ship young Lam. You could have a good , more secure future elsewhere!!!

  10. Agree Lam is a 5/8 and has already had a couple of 1st grade games played well. Strong good defence and kicking game. He is also a local junior coming through with the crocodiles in the same team as radley. Mitchell has said he wants to play 5/8 and if makes that a condition for staying at the chooks then lam will probley jump ship. Would be a good pick up.

  11. Woody, Latrell staying put ole mate, β€œ nothing there” end quote
    Now for Uncle nick to pinch Cody πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  12. Walker wont be moving from his indigenous heartland and another reason Latrell wants to come over as well apart from being mentored by his childhood idol GI and fulfilling his passionate Souths supporting family’s dream to play for the most successful club in history.
    Blood is thicker than 1/2 soy 1/2 skim decaf latte’s.

  13. Lam is very fast as well.
    If the Chickens do look for yet another Half Or 5/8th, for the next 2 years. Plus sign Walker to play first grade , in 2 years time?
    Lam would really have no choice but to walk out.
    Great player for maybe Manly, Wests, Canberra, North Queensland, Gold Coast, Canterbury? He could take his choice I think,

  14. Thanks Outsider, I did read that article. Mitchell as you said that there is nothing there. His parents also in another article must hide all their memorabilia of souffffffffffs when he heads back home to Taree because he is a true Rooster and hates the Rabbit’0s πŸ’ͺπŸ”πŸ‘

  15. What article is he flipping out on so old Woody can go give him a little visit πŸ’ͺπŸ‘΄πŸ‘‰===πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ‘

  16. Steve I know your into the same for same with boyfriend Syd. But does Syd know your last name is fASSπŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ‘ Ya mofffvie ClOWNπŸ˜‡πŸŒˆπŸ€‘

  17. Your were booted outπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ now you live in the shadow of a giant chicken πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ so proud was the NRL that they didn’t WANT YOU IN THE NATIONAL COMP πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Not welcome πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ and piggins didn’t want to go to your ONLY NATION PREMIERSHIP! You hav 1 NRL cup and the rest are NSW state trophies πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ tooooo saaaaaaaaz

  18. The only clowns on here that are delusional are you two N1TW1TS. πŸ€‘πŸŒˆπŸ˜‡ – – – πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚. Trent Robinson is a master tactician. Before Cronk arrived at the mighty ChooksπŸ“ He had already won three Minor Premierships throughout the season proper and a 2nd placing in 2017. So your num.bnut false stories is just that, soufffffffffffffffs fan garbage that is total πŸ’©C.πŸ’©R.πŸ’©A.πŸ’©P.πŸ’©

    2013 Sydney 24-12
    2014 Sydney 22-18
    2015 Sydney 30-0
    2016 Sydney 17-10
    2017 Sydney 20-6
    2017 Sydney 14-12
    2018 Sydney 18-14
    2018 Sydney 12-4 Preliminary Final. πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ’ͺπŸ€£πŸ‘πŸ“
    I rest my case CLOWNS🀑🀑🀑🀑🀑🀑🀑🀑🀑🀑🀑🀑🀑🀑🀑🀑

  19. hahahahahahahahahahahahaπŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ‘

  20. Where are your members?
    What is the problem for this poor showing given buying 2 premierships in 6 years?
    21 Premierships to 14
    30,000 members to 11,000,
    A junior competition to no juniors
    More Souths fans in the eastern suburbs to the rorters,
    Did you attend the annual Rorters members get together last week at Starbucks Bondi Junction?
    What time does the 30 seater for Rorter fans leave Spring St for Newcastle today?
    Don’t worry, as always plenty of spare seats?

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