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Thursday, 2 May 2019

Souths star puts hand up for Blues selection


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South Sydney playmaker Cody Walker is already sick of the State of Origin talk.

But after he masterminded his side's 38-6 NRL trashing of Brisbane on Thursday night, it's unlikely to die down over the next three-and-a-half weeks before the NSW side is announced.

While he has a big task in front of him to displace incumbent Blues No.6 James Maloney, and is in the pecking order along with one of the game's form players in Luke Keary, he continues to make a compelling case.

"It's obvious I'd really love to be in that arena," Walker said.

"It's not my main focus. I sound like a broken record but these teams get picked on club form.

"I dont know what else to say."

Walker's GI tribute

For the second straight week, Walker was the star of the show for the red and greens, scoring two tries and setting up a third in a man-of-the-match performance.

Blues coach Brad Fittler watched on intently from the sidelines and would have been licking his lips at Walker piling the pressure on Maloney and Nathan Cleary.

It also would have music to Fittler's ears when Walker declared he was capable of playing a stint at hooker if that's what it took to earn the Blues No.14 jumper and an Origin debut.

With Tyrone Peachey struggling to fire after his move to the Gold Coast, the bench utility position is up for grabs.

"One hundred per cent, I've played fullback. I've played halves," Walker said when asked if the No.14 jersey appealed to him.

Cody Walker

Versatility is something Walker has in droves having also played fullback and displayed his ability to cover the outside backs.

The 29-year-old said he would back himself to do a job at dummy-half and defending in the middle if that's what was asked of him.

"I believe I could," Walker said.

"Those are the things Freddy needs to think about. I don't know what else to say, I've spoken enough about Origin."

Freddy & The Eighth: Round 8

Walker looked like a player in peak form and confidence as he tore up the Broncos at ANZ Stadium.

He laid on and scored one of the best individual tries of the year when he grubbered for himself, beat several Broncos defenders to a lucky bounce of the ball to score in the 18th minute.

"I anticipated for it to bounce on its edge and it came off. I'll take them every day of the week," Walker said.

"I just took a guess. If Darius got the ball I believe AJ (Alex Johnston) would have tackled him. You don't have time to think to be honest. You're just running."

- AAP

South Sydney playmaker Cody Walker is already sick of the State of Origin talk.

But after he masterminded his side's 38-6 NRL trashing of Brisbane on Thursday night, it's unlikely to die down over the next three-and-a-half weeks before the NSW side is announced.

While he has a big task in front of him to displace incumbent Blues No.6 James Maloney, and is in the pecking order along with one of the game's form players in Luke Keary, he continues to make a compelling case.

"It's obvious I'd really love to be in that arena," Walker said.

"It's not my main focus. I sound like a broken record but these teams get picked on club form.

"I dont know what else to say."

Walker's GI tribute

For the second straight week, Walker was the star of the show for the red and greens, scoring two tries and setting up a third in a man-of-the-match performance.

Blues coach Brad Fittler watched on intently from the sidelines and would have been licking his lips at Walker piling the pressure on Maloney and Nathan Cleary.

It also would have music to Fittler's ears when Walker declared he was capable of playing a stint at hooker if that's what it took to earn the Blues No.14 jumper and an Origin debut.

With Tyrone Peachey struggling to fire after his move to the Gold Coast, the bench utility position is up for grabs.

"One hundred per cent, I've played fullback. I've played halves," Walker said when asked if the No.14 jersey appealed to him.

Cody Walker

Versatility is something Walker has in droves having also played fullback and displayed his ability to cover the outside backs.

The 29-year-old said he would back himself to do a job at dummy-half and defending in the middle if that's what was asked of him.

"I believe I could," Walker said.

"Those are the things Freddy needs to think about. I don't know what else to say, I've spoken enough about Origin."

Freddy & The Eighth: Round 8

Walker looked like a player in peak form and confidence as he tore up the Broncos at ANZ Stadium.

He laid on and scored one of the best individual tries of the year when he grubbered for himself, beat several Broncos defenders to a lucky bounce of the ball to score in the 18th minute.

"I anticipated for it to bounce on its edge and it came off. I'll take them every day of the week," Walker said.

"I just took a guess. If Darius got the ball I believe AJ (Alex Johnston) would have tackled him. You don't have time to think to be honest. You're just running."

- AAP

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