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Walking back through the doors at Red Hill, Walsh is among his childhood friends - in many ways it’s like he never left.
But there is no doubt the 20-year-old has returned with much more confidence and experience.
“I’m really excited to be back. I spent two years away and it was a really big learning curve for myself,” Walsh said.
“I really took a lot out of those two years away, I think I’m better off for it, now I’m back, I’m bit more experienced and can bring a lot more back to the team.
“It feels good to be back, around the boys and the staff and the facilities, it brings me back to when I was a bit younger, I’m really enjoying it at the moment, it’s really exciting times.”
Walsh has been around the Broncos since he was 14.
Before that, he was a fan, dreaming of playing in the NRL.
He came up playing with a core group of young players who have now all transitioned into the top squad.
20 of the Broncos top 30 have come though the Broncos elite development pathway, many of whom, played alongside Walsh in the junior grades.
“It’s awesome to have home grown and local talent, it makes it an awesome culture and club,” he said.
“The boys I grew up with, Brendan, TC, Willison, I was in Mal Meninga (Cup) with Deine, I’ve been in camps with Ezra Mam, Mozer, it is awesome to see all your childhood kids that you played with and grown up with in the first grade system. Reece Walsh
“It’s interesting for me, I never really thought about first grade when I first got signed.
“I followed the Broncos ever since I was a little kid, when I got the opportunity to come up into the EPD system when I was young, there were a lot of good players in there. It was awesome.”
Walsh left for an opportunity to play at the Warriors – one he took with both hands.
He returns to Red Hill with 38 NRL appearances -- and had it not been for an unfortunate injury -- an Origin jersey to boot.
“I still get those butterflies, because I haven’t pulled on that Broncos jersey yet,” he said.
“Every time I think about it I get a bit emotional, I just think about the jersey presentation and what that is going to be like when I do get that jersey, and the number. I’m really looking forward to it, I can’t wait.”
While Walsh is yet to pull on the Brisbane jersey, it is clear he has an innate connection to the club.
“It means everything being here, If I’m being honest, it wasn’t until I left the Broncos it really hit how much I love the club and I want to put on that jersey.” Reece Walsh
“I didn’t miss any games when I left, even though I was playing for the Warriors, I still watched every single Broncos game.
“I still had a lot of mates who played for the Broncos, that’s when I really thought that I loved the club and that I hoped one day if I get the opportunity to go back, I will.
“Being back feels like I’m at home, brings back a lot of memories and I can’t wait to make a lot of memories too.”
His time at the Warriors gave him a lot of lessons on and off the field, and he’ll be forever grateful to the club who gave him his first grade debut.
“When I left and went to the Warriors - I’m a kid now – but I was a lot younger - I think I had only played two Q Cup games and went straight in and was playing first grade,” he said.
“I took a lot out of those two years, I had a really good coaching staff and senior players around me, I loved my time there, they taught me a lot. I’ve come back a much more mature player, I’ve learned a lot of lessons on the ball and off it.
“It was a blessing in disguise to leave and come back, I don’t think I’d be in the position I’m in now, had I not taken those learnings and the opportunity. I learned a lot about what goes into being a first grader, what are the right and wrong things to do.
“I learned a lot of Nathan Brown and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck about finding a voice and telling the team which numbers and where to go, because if I don’t do that, I’m not doing my job for the team.
“I’ve come back and I want to bring that knowledge into here and then have a growth mindset and keep growing as a player. When you think of good fullbacks, you think of Teddy, Gutho, Papenhuyzen, Drinkwater, you watch them and they are doing everything. Their defence is good, they are involved in the game for 80 minutes.
“I look at my time at the Warriors and I’d have a moment in the game, then I would float in and out. Here I want to be on the ball, in the defence, I want to be doing everything and keep working hard. Those are my goals.”
Walsh knows there are no guarantees - he won't simply be handed the fullback role - but he didn’t return to Red Hill to make up the numbers.
He desperately wants the No.1 jersey. He’s prepared to fight for it too.
“There’s obviously a lot of depth through the whole squad, in the fullback jersey you have Tesi, I think Herbie wants to have a crack there and then Me and Cobbo, have been doing reps there at fullback, it’s awesome competition and we are all pretty close, I think it makes it even better,” he said.
“It’s healthy competition, but I didn’t come back here to play any other position, I signed as a fullback and I want to take that jersey.
“I’ve got to keep working hard and keep trying to get better every day, I think it is really good and healthy for the squad. For myself, it will keep me accountable and keep me working hard, I’m really looking forward to it.”
And the ultimate goal is well and truly in his sights.
“It would mean everything to me to be able to be in a team that goes all the way and wins a grand final one day,” he said.
“When I was younger I was watching all these players, I watched Oatsey a lot, it would be pretty awesome to look back one day if we are really successful - the impact it has on the kids, that will bring more talent who wants to come to the club and pull on the Broncos jersey and represent the club.”
In 2021, Walsh joined the Brisbane Broncos NRL squad on a development contract. He began the season playing for the Norths Devils in the Queensland Cup.
On 18 March 2021, Walsh signed a three-year contract with the New Zealand Warriors, beginning in 2022. On 10 April 2021, he was released early from his Brisbane contract to join the Warriors immediately.
On 25 April, in Round 7 2021, Walsh made his first grade debut for the Warriors against Melbourne Storm.
On 6 July 2022, Walsh was granted an early release from his New Zealand contract to re-join his former club Brisbane starting in 2023. Walsh cited a relationship breakdown as the reason for the move.
On 7 July, Brisbane Broncos officially announced his return to the club, on a 3-year deal...
Electric fullback and playmaker Reece Walsh is coming home to the Brisbane Broncos.
The 19-year-old has signed a three-year contract that will see him return to the Broncos for the 2023 season until at least the end of 2025.
Queenslander Walsh is one of the NRL's most exciting emerging talents, having been on the cusp of making his Morons State Of Origin debut last year before injury robbed him of the chance.
His continued strong form also saw him called up for this year's extended Queensland squad - Walsh's NRL career now standing at 30 games since making his debut in Round 7 last season.
In those 30 appearances, he has racked up 10 tries, 19 try assists and 21 line breaks while averaging 129 running metres and 125 kicking metres per game. He's also slotted 58 goals at 76 per cent accuracy.
Walsh's commitment to the Broncos represents a homecoming with the backline gun having first joined the Broncos Academy as a 13-year-old and then signed his first contract with the club two years later before going on to round out his high school years by representing the Australian Schoolboys.
In 2019, he won selection in the Queensland Under 18s and also spent the season training with the Broncos NRL squad - before announcing himself with a standout performance in his first game of senior footy for the Broncos in their opening trial of the 2020 season against Wynnum.
Walsh now joins a host of other young products of the Broncos’ elite pathways to commit long-term to the club including Selwyn Cobbo, Ezra Mam, TC Robati, Cory Paix, Kobe Hetherington, Jordan Riki, Xavier Willison, Deine Mariner and Blake Mozer.
Broncos Coach Kevin Walters said: "Reece's return is great news for everyone at the Broncos and for all our supporters and members - we'll get him back home next year.
"He's a terrific young footballer and someone who has always belonged in Brisbane so it's fantastic that he is coming back to where he belongs.
"Reece came through the Broncos system from a young age and the club has always considered him to be one of our most promising talents.
"He returns to us with some great NRL experience under his belt and rejoins the club at a time when we are forging something special.
"A number of other emerging players who've come through the Broncos system have also committed long-term to the club in recent times and it's great that Reece has chosen to do the same."