Manly coach Des Hasler didn’t want to say too much at his post-game press conference on Friday night, but he revealed the Sea Eagles are in the process of re-signing the star-born. new Dylan Walker.
Walker scored a brilliant runaway try in the second half to kick the boot into the Roosters in a 42-6 semi-final at Mackay to set up a meeting with South Sydney next week.
He won a NRL premier at center and rose to a five-eighth after arriving at Brookvale, but was placed in a new role by Hasler this season.
Walker came off the bench to take on the role of a ball game lock, adding a new dimension to the Sea Eagles’ offense as they head for an unlikely title.
The 26-year-old, however, remains without a contract beyond this season and will therefore be technically unemployed on November 1, unless he signs a new deal in the meantime.
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The coach was asked about Walker’s contract situation after the game.
“We are in negotiations,” Hasler said.
“He played well tonight, playing his 100th game for the club.
“He’s adapted very well, he’s just a real footballer, Dylan. He plays a lot of positions, he plays in the middle, he gives us that very good middle serve and he has a lot of experience.”
Hasler wasn’t too talkative despite booking his team for the preliminary final by beating one of the modern big clubs in the NRL.
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He was asked if he plans, if Walker stays at the club, to retain the No.14 role next year.
“He’s been playing it for six or seven weeks… he will play it in the future,” Hasler said.
“He has that utilitarian value about him.”
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