Makeshift fullback Dylan Walker says he’s always the “scapegoat” for Manly’s problems – yet is hoping for another chance at No.1 and a new contract.
The maligned star has filled in for the injured Tom Trbojevic to start the season and has been a mixed bag amid a winless run.
He provided a lowlight last Thursday in a 46-6 loss to Penrith, swiped aside by Panthers star Viliame Kikau on his way to the tryline.
Walker, a centre/five-eighth who never played fullback as a junior, said that he copped a cork during the game. He wants another shot at No.1 when the Sea Eagles face the Warriors on Friday in Gosford.
“I think I’ll be there [at fullback] again, unless Dessie has other plans,” Walker said, per The Sydney Morning Herald.
“When you leak 40 points you can’t blame it on the one person. But I always seem to be the scapegoat.
“Over the years with how things have panned out on and off the field, my name is a good one to throw up.
“And now being out of position … if we’re 2-2 right now, people would be like, ‘He’s not a bad fullback’, but because we’ve been beaten by 40 every week, people are like, ‘He’s the problem’.
“I won’t sit here and play the violin about myself. I know what we have to do as a team.”
Walker said that he was “optimistic” about getting a new contract for next season and beyond, and hoped to remain at Manly.
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