Dylan Walker’s school work gets a gold star from Souths

Master and pupil: Dylan Walker watched Adam Reynolds a lot at Matraville High. Photo: Anthony Johnson Master and pupil: Dylan Walker watched Adam Reynolds a lot at Matraville High. Photo: Anthony Johnson
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Master and pupil: Dylan Walker watched Adam Reynolds a lot at Matraville High. Photo: Anthony Johnson

Master and pupil: Dylan Walker watched Adam Reynolds a lot at Matraville High. Photo: Anthony Johnson

Souths supporters ought to take some comfort before Sunday’s match against Canberra, knowing their star halfback Adam Reynolds may as well have been an elective subject for fill-in five-eighth Dylan Walker during his time at Matraville High.

An injured ankle ruled him out of last Friday’s loss to the Wests Tigers, but the 19-year-old, who is expected to partner Reynolds in the Rabbitohs’ halves, said he could never have realised how crucial those afternoons he had spent studying Reynolds’ game would prove to be.

“We went to school together so I grew up watching him play and he’s been such a good player over the years,” Walker said. “He was a lot older than I was so I was just watching him go through the years.

“He was a little bit smaller when he was younger, he was only a little pup, about 68 kilos I think he was telling me. He’s probably beefed up in size since then.

“We [never played together at school but we] used to talk. The head coach there, he used to bring me up to train with the older boys to get among them. We’ve had a relationship since school but now we play together and train together, so, yeah, I believe [the onfield understanding] is getting stronger.”

Walker, who usually played in the centres, was pitchforked into the No.6 after another young gun – and good mate – Luke Keary suffered a pectoral injury during the Auckland Nines. He said his days in the old school yard made what should have been a daunting task – partnering one of the NRL’s best halfbacks – easier.

“Seeing him make it in that team when he was at school, a lot of the boys played grade, it inspired me to go along and play first grade as well,” he said. “[My time with Reynolds on the school footy oval] was a bit more of mucking around, I like to look at things and how they go and I just pick up on things I see.”

Walker believed that principle could be applied in first grade.

“It’s new for me, new for him as well, we just need to get a better understanding around each other,” he said of playing alongside Reynolds.

“The more I play, the more confidence I’m going to get out of it, playing alongside ‘Reno’ and all the other boys, the longer I train and play there the better it will be.”

Meanwhile, Souths fullback Greg Inglis said the Rabbitohs team that was ranked premiership contenders before the season started had been “woken” after last week’s shock loss to the Wests Tigers.

“Our boys here have really woken up,” Inglis said of the impact of their last defeat. “A wake-up call to be honest. Everyone has been back at training and hard work this week

“We just got shaken up by a well-drilled Tigers. They just played footy when we didn’t.”

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