Vodafone Warriors snare talented young fullback Walsh

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Thu 18 Mar 2021, 04:45 PM


Exciting young Brisbane fullback Reece Walsh, widely regarded as one of the hottest young talents in the game, has been snared by the Vodafone Warriors on a three-year contract from next season.

With the Broncos on a development contract this season, Walsh represented both the Queensland State of Origin Under 18s and Australian Schoolboys in 2019.

The Tweed Seagulls star impressed for the Broncos in their NRL trial against Wynnum Manly last month.

He’s yet another product from the famed Keebra Park State High School rugby league nursery which produced his future teammate Ben Murdoch-Masila along with the likes of Benji Marshall and Payne Haas.

This is a fantastic signing for our club and Vodafone Warriors fans have every reason to be excited about the progress we’re making with recruitment in the short, mid and long term
Cameron GeorgeVodafone Warriors CEO

“This is a fantastic signing for our club and Vodafone Warriors fans have every reason to be excited about the progress we’re making with recruitment in the short, mid and long term,” said Vodafone Warriors CEO Cameron George.

“Reece is a wonderful, polite young man who impressed us immensely when we met him.

“He comes to the Vodafone Warriors at the perfect time following us re-signing Tohu (Harris). We now have an exciting future with experience and exciting young players developed from within and others that have been handpicked to join us. It’s a great statement for our club.”

Of Australian Indigenous and Maori heritage, Walsh has been wowing observers with his skill level.

“Reece is a prodigious talent who has starred in junior footy,” said Vodafone Warriors recruitment manager Peter O’Sullivan.

It’s not often you get an opportunity to secure a player of his ability. He is a natural footballer with speed, balance and vision
Peter O'SullivanVodafone Warriors recruitment manager

“It’s not often you get an opportunity to secure a player of his ability. He is a natural footballer with speed, balance and vision.

“With experience I believe Reece will go on to become a top-line NRL fullback in the coming years. He’ll complement Wayde (Egan), Kodi (Nikorima) and Chanel (Harris-Tavita) perfectly in our spine.

With captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck finishing with the Vodafone Warriors at the end of the season, head coach Nathan Brown said Walsh shaped as a wonderful replacement.

“Reece has all the attributes in his game that the really good players have,” he said.

“His speed and game sense are things that can make a difference in our team. We won’t be putting pressure on Reece by making big statements about his game but we will give him all the guidance to make sure his game is ready for the start of 2022. We want him to work hard and train hard and he will have a great career in front him.”

A left-footed goal kicker, Walsh slotted six from six attempts and scored a try in the Australian Schoolboys’ 36-20 win over the Junior Kiwis in 2019.

Born: July 10, 2002
Birthplace: Sydney, NSW
Junior Club: Tweed Seagulls
Position: Fullback
Height: 177cm
Weight: 88kg
Rep Honours: Australian Schoolboys (2019), Queensland Under-18s (2019)



1st Grade Fringe
May 18, 2012
Imagine if Ali Lauiti'iti had debuted in Kearney ball.
Ali debuted under mark Graham, who was even more staunch about the fundamentals.
But Ali was a gifted player without the fundamental coaching through lower grades, let's hope Reece's talent matches his Australian development because being mentored by Rog scares the bejesus out of me too!!
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1st Grade Fringe
Sep 4, 2016
I love the size Walsh is at, at 18, hes not the big guy RTS was but closer to what RTS now, he doesnt need any Mus, all he needs now is increased strength and plyometrics, obviously along with other training.

He will not need Kodi to be a flap up at 5/8th as he injects himself into the line and creates his own LBs or creates overlaps and has a great cut out pass. Maybe if Kodi is still around we just dont play a 5/8th and let Reece fill both roles from FB ;-p

He also is electrifying out of dummy half, something I want our Egan replacement to be, but hey, maybe we could just play 11 men and Reece can fill 3 positions. Wouldnt be any worse than the current 2 weak links playing in the team.

Cant wait. Finally a real X factor gem, only to become a shining start with a little polish.

Now can Gus get us a 5/8th and 9 of similar quality and price?

Id be happy with just the 9 as im 99% confident Hayze Perham is plenty good enough 5/8th.


Warriors 1st Grader
May 7, 2012
RTS is wasted on the Wing.

We are short of centres and RTS can pass, can tackle, is fast and evasive, strong upper body....god dam play him where the missing players are at centre.

RTS could set up Ken nicely they are very different shapes and RTS knows all about how to body guard Kens wing on the Try line.

Anyway if we play Walsh I hope it is where he thinks he can play best. Look after the boys future, give him what he wants, don't micro coach a kid.


Warriors 1st Grader
Apr 20, 2012

Rugby league: Future NRL star? How Roger Tuivasa-Sheck convinced promising teen Reece Walsh to sign with the Warriors​

Reece Walsh doesn't want to be the next Roger Tuivasa-Sheck – but admits that the Warriors captain played a massive part in luring him to the club.

The highly rated teenager joined up with the squad last week, after signing a three-year contract in March.

Walsh was one of the brightest young prospects at the Broncos and is already being talked about as a future NRL star, though he is yet to play first grade.

He said the opportunity to do an apprenticeship under Tuivasa-Sheck this year was too hard to turn down, while his head was also turned after meeting with the fullback and vice-captain Tohu Harris.

"I sat down with Roger and Tohu and I just fired some questions at them, as much as I could and they answered [honestly]," said Walsh. "I wanted to get here as soon as possible so I can take in the knowledge and learn from him and see what he does on the field and off the field.

"It played a major part in me signing for the club and also wanting to get over here early and learn off him."

A candid chat with Warriors coach Nathan Brown was also vital.

"He told me where he sees me playing a part in the team and where he sees the team going forward," recalled Walsh "I felt like I could fit right into that and be a really good asset to the team and that was pretty much the turning point there.

The 18-year-old will have massive shoes to fill, as Tuivasa-Sheck is already rated as one of the club's best ever players, but he is unconcerned by the inevitable comparisons.

"I just need to play my style of footy," said Walsh. "I think everyone's going to expect, you know, he's going to fill Roger's shoes but I'm not Roger. I'm sort of a different player to Roger so I will just go out there and do what I can do footy wise [and it] will handle itself right."

Walsh is also undaunted about (eventually) living on this side of the Tasman.

"I've never been to New Zealand," said Walsh. "I don't have a passport at the moment, so I'm in the process of getting one now. [But] I can't wait to see a new part of the world and hopefully meet some family from my side."

Walsh has Kiwi heritage through his birth mother Kahuti Campbell, who is from Hastings, though he has minimal contact over the years.

Walsh has settled in well, rooming with halves Sean O'Sullivan and Kodi Nikorima and impressing observers in training.

Brown will tread carefully – not wanting to expose the youngster to too much, too soon – though the run of injuries has drastically reduced backline stocks and Walsh is not short on confidence.

"I feel ready now mate," said Walsh. "It's a matter of a time when Brownie feels like it's right or the boys feel like it's right for me to come in. I feel like I could go out there and do a job, when they want to do that."

For now though Walsh, who has five siblings, will continue to develop his trade, under one of his NRL idols.

"I just want to learn as much as I can this year," said Walsh. "This is going to be a big year for me learning for the future. It's probably the best opportunity I have to come here and learn, because I am learning off one of the best fullbacks in the game.

"It was extremely hard leaving a club like the Broncos and you know how big they are, but I couldn't let the opportunity here at the Warriors go."

Walsh has been named on an extended bench for Sunday's clash with the Storm (8:15pm), with more injury-enforced changes to the backline.

Marcelo Montoya and Jack Murchie are the latest centre combination, after Peta Hiku (shoulder) and Adam Pompey (ankle) picked up injuries against the Dragons last Sunday.

Utility back Paul Turner (shoulder) is also side lined, with Bayley Sironen taking his spot on the interchange bench. The forward pack is otherwise unchanged, while wing David Fusitua returns from a hamstring injury.

Warriors team to face the Storm in Melbourne (8:15pm Sunday)

1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
2. David Fusitua
3. Marcelo Montoya
4. Jack Murchie
5. Ken Maumalo
6. Kodi Nikorima
7. Sean O'Sullivan
8. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown
9. Wayde Egan
10. Kane Evans
11. Josh Curran
12. Ben Murdoch-Masila
13. Tohu Harris
14. Jazz Tevaga
15. Bunty Afoa
16. Leeson Ah Mau
17. Bayley Sironen

Extended bench: Rocco Berry, Tom Ale, Reece Walsh, Taniela Otukolo



1st Grade Fringe
May 2, 2013
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Seriously how many more times do we have to read about walsh having a coffee with sheck and Harris🙄

Soon they will start writing about how walsh nearly ordered a flat white but got a hot chocolate.
That was my thoughts too lol Thought it was a different story about what RTS has been sharing since Walsh arrived but naaahh
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Warriors 1st Grader
Apr 20, 2012
Seriously how many more times do we have to read about walsh having a coffee with sheck and Harris🙄

Soon they will start writing about how walsh nearly ordered a flat white but got a hot chocolate.
Get your facts right.... it was a soya latte with stevia, no sugar.
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