Norths hope to sign Walker
DUAL international Andrew Walker is set to make a stunning Queensland Cup debut for Norths Devils, if he can get his paperwork sorted out.
Walker, 37, starred for the Goodna Eagles in the Ipswich Rugby League competition last year and signed with Fassifern Bombers for this season.
But a longing to return to the top level led the former Kangaroo star to make an approach to Norths.
Walker played in the halves for the Devils in the trial clash with Redcliffe at Dolphin Oval last month and impressed coach Trevor Bailey.
He has also attended training sessions and his name is on a list of 90 Norths players that has been submitted to the Queensland Rugby League.
But so far Walker has not received an official release from the Bombers and he has not put pen to paper for the Devils.
Norths is a feeder club to the Broncos and technically Walker could play NRL football this year.
Walker missed Norths training on Wednesday night and Bailey said he was hoping to get him signed, sealed and delivered by season kick-off on March 19 in the ABC TV game against Mackay
“We can only have 90 players on our list and Andrew's name is on that, but he still hasn't signed with us,” Bailey said.
“We saw in the trial that he is still a class player. He can read a game, he's a good talker and he knows when to pass and when not to. He's still sharp on his feet from what I saw.
“We are a bit light-on for depth in the halves, so when Andrew came along he allowed us to have depth on those positions.
“The longer he stays here the better he'll get. He is going to be a plus for us.”
Walker was sacked by Manly in 2004 after testing positive for cocaine but has got his life back on track away from the football field.
“We're not going to brush him,” Bailey said. “We know his history, but he's cleaned that up and got his life back on track and we are happy to give him an opportunity.”
There is only one thing Walker has to do to play for Norths and it requires a pen and not a football.
“It is just up to him to sort out whatever he's got to sort out and give me a call,” Bailey said.