Adam Walker: Me and Jonny were bad for each other

Hull KR forward Adam Walker insists he has put his off-field disciplinary matters “well and truly” behind him and wants to repay coach Chris Chester by concentrating solely on producing his best for the Robins.

Since being dropped in July, when Rovers beat St Helens 40-10 in the same week twin brother Jonathan was released for a breach of club discipline, Walker has produced the kind of form that earned him an improved contract extension at the KC Lightstream Stadium until 2017.

“I wanted to kick on from last season and not take a step back,” Walker told League Express.

“I started well but then I picked up an injury, got back playing, then there was the off-the-field stuff which didn’t help with my consistency out on the pitch.

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“I tried not to let Jonathan leaving affect me too much, and the club dealt with it properly.

Brother Jonathan, who was released by the Rovers
Brother Jonathan, who was released by the Rovers

“It was great when Jonny first came to the club. He was living with me and we were happy to be around each other. But at the same time maybe we’re bad for each other, and we’re better off apart.

“But all that’s well and truly behind us both now and my brother is getting his head down at Leigh and is happy. And that’s what I’m doing here.

“Chris (Chester) had a big say in bringing me here after I played under him during his role as assistant coach of Scotland. He’s a top bloke, we get on well, and since he took over permanently he’s done a good job. I want to repay the faith he’s shown in me with my performances out on the field.

“Our season, overall, has been one of inconsistency and that was well spoken about at out presentation night last week. A lot of players have been up and down, including me, and we need to sort that out going forward. I’ve no doubt that we will.

“The way Chris is coaching us and our recruitment for next year bodes well for us.

“I’m looking forward to playing alongside Tyrone McCarthy, who is a very tough individual. He will add some more grunt down the middle, and the outside backs coming over from the NRL have bags of pace.

“Everyone’s really positive about the new league structure and Chris will have us well prepared for it during pre-season.”

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