Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

WALKER STICKS WITH BOMBERS; Fassifern Favoured over State League Campaign

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

WALKER STICKS WITH BOMBERS; Fassifern Favoured over State League Campaign

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Byline: JAY BUCHAN

IN a huge boost for the Fassifern Bombers, former international Andrew Walker has recommitted to the club for the coming season.

Walker has decided not to pursue a shot at Queensland Cup rugby league with Norths Devils, for whom he had trained and trialled with recently.

C[pounds sterling]Probably the time and travel required,C[yen] Walker said of his reason for not pursuing a start with the Devils.

Walker said he was C[pounds sterling]very closeC[yen] to signing with the state league club.

C[pounds sterling]We did come to an agreement,C[yen] Walker said.

Walker was the star signing for struggling country club Fassifern when he followed good friend and newly appointed head coach Dean Daylight from Goodna, for whom they both played last season.

Daylight didn't stay to see the start of the season however, leaving when it looked as though the club would struggle to field two senior teams.

That left Walker with a dilemma as the main reason for him joining Fassifern had left.

C[pounds sterling]It was tough,C[yen] Walker said.

C[pounds sterling]Because I did go there to help Dean out.C[yen]

When he discovered Norths Devils were interested it seemed like a good opportunity and after training with them Walker was ready to commit.

Now in his 38th year, Walker had no problem with the training or fitting into the team environment.

C[pounds sterling]I got a phone call from a mate who said CyWhat about having a run with Norths',C[yen] Walker said.

C[pounds sterling]I trained with them and liked it Co the professionalism.C[yen]

However the move meant travelling from Ipswich to Aspley and back every day.

It was more than the dedicated family man, with his and wife Leona's fifth child still only months old, was willing to sacrifice.

Walker sounded out the Ipswich Jets about having a run but did not receive a response.

C[pounds sterling]It was a little bit too far,C[yen] Walker said of committing to Norths.

C[pounds sterling]I wouldn't mind it if it was a little bit closer. …

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