Walker ready for anything in Origin opener


Cody Walker could have sulked about missing out on the NSW No.6 jersey for Wednesday night’s State of Origin opener, but instead he’s ready for anything.

The South Sydney star was the most dangerous player on the field in Saturday’s brutal Blues session on the Central Coast four days out from his Origin comeback.

It will be his second time in the sky blue after playing game one of last year’s series before being dropped by coach Brad Fittler.

And after missing out to Luke Keary for the five-eighth spot, a relaxed Walker is just happy to be in the team.

“I don’t mind it because I’m just playing footy,” he told AAP.

“(Fittler) just spoke to me the other day in our last training session just about doing a little bit of one, doing a little bit of nine, doing a little bit of 13.

“Just having a crack and doing what I can.

“I asked him if that’s what we were going to do next week (in game one) and he said, oh yeah, that’s what we’re thinking.

“So, that’s sweet with me.”

The 30-year-old was the in-form player in the competition at the back end of the season as he led the Rabbitohs to a 144-point blitz across three wins to make the preliminary finals.

However, he has never played a utility role before and has previously only played in the halves or 17 games at fullback.

His elusive running and ball playing will be vital from the bench for the Blues on Wednesday night, although Fittler doesn’t have a plan just yet.

“It’s more wait and see but we’ll definitely look into getting him out there somewhere,” he said.

“A player of his value … the most dangerous person in those drills we were doing (on Saturday) was Cody.

“He just has this ability to play the game at his speed.”

Origin is already the fastest game of rugby league in a season but with the rule changes, Walker said he doesn’t know what to expect or how he will be used.

All he knows is he’s ready.

“See what happens, see what gets thrown at me,” he said.





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