Andrew Walker refereeing 'Breaking the Cycle' touch football tournament in 2012.
Andrew Walker refereeing 'Breaking the Cycle' touch football tournament in 2012. Sarah Harvey

Walker boost for Bulldogs 2015 hopes

ANDREW Walker is a bloke who gives a lot more than he takes.

It is part of the reason Walker, having recently celebrated his 41st birthday, has embarked on pre-season footy training with West End.

The former dual international, who led Fassifern to their first and only A grade title, has signed with the Bulldogs for the 2015 season.

"The body's holding up really good," Walker said.

"I'm looking after it.

"It's just a matter of maintaining it during the season."

Having finished at the Bombers at the end of 2013, Walker began playing in Lismore this year, where he had moved temporarily for work. With that over, he has found an affinity with West End through his son and the charity Break the Cycle, he runs with wife Leona.

Walker spends three days a week with youths and young adults and many of them play for the Bulldogs.

His son Dillan is also a former Bulldog and has many friends at the club.

"I think he might come out of retirement," Andrew said.

Walker brought almost immediate success to Fassifern.

But he isn't talking grand finals with the Bulldogs just yet.

"What the club needs is just to work hard," he said.

"If the players are good listeners I think they'll learn a lot.

"I'm hoping to help West End to a final."

Walker is also thinking about life after playing footy and would like to leave a lasting impression at the Bulldogs.

He is waiting to hear on a job he applied for with the Queensland Reds Indigenous program.

It would be the perfect fit for a man with plenty of life and footy experience to share.

Between that and the time he is splitting between home renovations and Breaking the Cycle, Walker is also looking for casual or part-time work to pay the bills. - Jay Buchan



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