Manly ‘scapegoat’ hits out amid nightmare begin


Makeshift fullback Dylan Walker says he is at all times the “scapegoat” for Manly’s issues – but is hoping for one more probability at No.1 and a brand new contract.

The maligned star has stuffed in for the injured Tom Trbojevic to start out the season and has been a combined bag amid a winless run.

He supplied a lowlight final Thursday in a 46-6 loss to Penrith, swiped apart by Panthers star Viliame Kikau on his approach to the tryline.

Walker, a centre/five-eighth who by no means performed fullback as a junior, stated that he copped a cork throughout the sport. He desires one other shot at No.1 when the Sea Eagles face the Warriors on Friday in Gosford.

“I believe I will be there [at fullback] once more, except Dessie has different plans,” Walker stated, per The Sydney Morning Herald.

“Whenever you leak 40 factors you may’t blame it on the one particular person. However I at all times appear to be the scapegoat.

“Over time with how issues have panned out on and off the sphere, my identify is an effective one to throw up.

“And now being out of place … if we’re 2-2 proper now, folks can be like, ‘He isn’t a nasty fullback’, however as a result of we have been overwhelmed by 40 each week, individuals are like, ‘He is the issue’.

“I will not sit right here and play the violin about myself. I do know what now we have to do as a workforce.”

Walker stated that he was “optimistic” about getting a brand new contract for subsequent season and past, and hoped to stay at Manly.

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