Brad Walker’s journey into Rugby League began in a small Cumbrian village, when he got into the sport via a family member.
From there, he was spotted as a junior by Widnes, where he would begin his career.
“I’m originally from Dalton-in-Furness in Cumbria, but I started playing Rugby League when my uncle coached a team in Askam – a village next to me,” Walker explained.
“I thought I’d try it when I was about 13, so I went training with him and I’ve loved it ever since.”
Walker then made 40 appearances for Widnes before moving to Wakefield last year, but the experience with the Vikings will always have a fond place in Walker’s heart.
“I loved my time at Widnes and I wouldn’t be the man or player I am today if it wasn’t for my time there.
“I’ve met a lot of my good mates from Widnes as I played at the club from the age of 16 to 21.
“I owe a lot to a lot of people from Widnes who have helped me get to where I am today.”
The move to Wakefield Trinity came out of the blue, but it proved too much of a pull for Walker to ignore.
“The move arose after my year in the Championship with Widnes – I was speaking to my agent and he said Wakefield were interested.
“Widnes were prepared to let me go, so I jumped at the opportunity to go back to Super League again.
“I thought a change of environment for me personally and getting out of my comfort zone with a new club would do me good.
“So, after a few conversations with my agent, it was all sorted and I didn’t look back.”
The 23-year-old made just three appearances for Trinity in 2020, but Walker is keen to add to those in the upcoming campaign.
“I want more game time under my belt.
“I feel I am in the best shape I have ever been in this year, so I just need to keep working hard every day.
“I need to keep learning and I’ll take my opportunity whenever it comes. I’m determined to make it work.”
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