Fax’s Walker makes the most of his opportunity

Freddie Walker (left)
Freddie Walker (left)

Young Halifax full back Freddie Walker hopes he has put himself in the frame for Championship selection after starring in Sunday’s 54-12 Challenge Cup win over Oxford.

Stainland-based Walker, who played his junior rugby with Elland before beginning his professional career with Salford and Huddersfield, scored two tries on his competitive debut for his hometown club.

And with coach Karl Harrison dubbing his display “sensational”, the young back - who featured on the wing in the pre-season fixtures at Keighley and Dewsbury - has clearly moved up the pecking order behind regular number one Ryan Fieldhouse.

“I still need to work on a few things, but I was pleased with my performance,” said Walker.

“Karl likes to give young players opportunities and that’s good for me.

“I would like to think I am in with a shout there now if Ryan was out for any reason, but there is still Rikki Sheriffe and a few more who have played in that position too.

“I just need to keep working, keep playing well in the under 20s and see how it goes from here on.

“I started as a full back in the juniors, played there through amateur and played there for the Giants.

“It’s definitely where I prefer to play; you have to get through a lot more work there and I like that responsibility.”