Kevin Walters’ onerous fact to Reece Walsh has “humbled” the star Broncos recruit as he goes up towards three teammates for the No.1 jersey.
Walsh has returned to Red Hill on a three-year contract following a two-season stint with the Warriors.
The 20-year-old grew to become a star at fullback for the Warriors and even earned a State of Origin call-up seven video games into his NRL profession just for an harm to rob him of a debut.
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He instructed foxsports.com.au that he “jumped” on the alternative to return to the Broncos — the system he was developed in earlier than becoming a member of the Warriors.
But the fullback spot has by no means been assured to him with Broncos head of recruitment Simon Scanlan declaring “Reece has to come in and fight for the jumper” in November.
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Walters backed that up in December, revealing Selwyn Cobbo and Herbie Farnworth will spend time coaching there too, whereas foxsports.com.au understands train-and-trialer Tristan Sailor can also be impressing at fullback.
Walsh conceded earlier this week that the problem has “grounded” him and made him “wary” about placing a foot incorrect.
“Obviously I signed to be fullback, but once Kev told me that nothing’s guaranteed and that there’s boys fighting for the position, I feel like it sort of humbles you a bit and makes you a lot more grounded and wary about what I do,” he stated.
“I can’t really slip up or have a bad session here or there, I have to put my best foot forward to be the best I can be for the team.
“Knowing that there’s that competition there it makes you fight a lot harder and when it does get to the season, I know that I might get the position or I might not but if I do get it I’m not going to sit back and chill because someone can come in and take it.”
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Walsh is predicted to get first shot at fullback come Round 1 and veteran halfback Adam Reynolds is engaged on a plan to get the most effective out of him.
“He’s fantastic. For a young kid he’s very confident, he talks a lot but he’s got x-factor,” Reynolds instructed foxsports.com.au.
“He gets out the back of shape, is very fast and when you get one-on-one with him it’s pretty scary.
“It’s just about upskilling him, giving him a bit of my knowledge and tip him off where I can.
“My job is to get him into space and I feel like that’s one of my greatest strengths in the game so the more space I can get him the better he’s going to be.
“But it’s also about communicating and making sure we do the little things right and not try to do it all at once.”
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Walsh was on a growth contract with the Broncos earlier than getting an early launch in April, 2021 to chase a clearer path to first grade on the Warriors.
He admitted leaving the membership was “hard” however he has no regrets given his profession was fast-tracked on the Warriors.
He additionally didn’t stray too removed from the Broncos, revealing he would typically tune in to observe his former teammates.
“Not at all,” Walsh stated when requested if he regretted his Broncos exit.
“Obviously leaving was hard, but I left to go chase an opportunity to play in the NRL. I got a lot of lessons out of leaving and I don’t think I’d be the player I am now without leaving and coming back.
“I’ve got a lot of stuff that I know now and have experienced in first grade to bring back. If I get put into situations on the field and off the field, now I know how to deal with it.
“I don’t regret leaving but it was hard, I’m just happy that I’m back now.
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“Growing up I always wanted to play for the Broncos and when I left it did feel like maybe one day I might get to come back and do that. I didn’t know when that was going to be and it was sooner than I thought.
“I love the club, I only missed one game the boys played so when the opportunity for me to come back and put on Broncos jersey I jumped at it.”
The alternatives Walsh obtained on the Warriors usually are not misplaced on him although. He needs them “nothing but success” and conceded it was robust to stroll away from the membership given the expansion he skilled there.
“I felt like I was just getting to that point where I was starting to earn the boys’ respect and I was growing as a player,” Walsh stated.
“But at the end of the day that’s footy and these types of things happen.”
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