Rugby league legends Brad Fittler and Andrew Johns both fear the Brisbane Broncos will regret for the next decade their decision to allow young star Reece Walsh depart the club for the Warriors.
Walsh, 18, has starred for the Warriors since moving from Brisbane earlier this season, with his form capturing the attention of Queensland rugby league great Wally Lewis, who said the young gun would be ready to make his Origin debut this year despite playing just five games to date.
The livewire fullback scored a try during the Warriors’ 30-26 win over the Tigers last week. He also had three try assists and four line break assists.
Johns, who agreed Walsh would give the Broncos nightmares for the next 10 years for allowing him to depart the club, said the young Warrior reminds him of Knights star fullback Kalyn Ponga and Cronulla playmaker Shaun Johnson.
“Kalyn (Ponga),” a smaller version of Kalyn, or Shaun Johnson,” Johns told Wide World of Sports’ Freddy and The Eighth.
“He’s got dynamite in his feet. You know what else? He has something about him, a bit of swagger… he’s got the superstar qualities, you can see it.
“He has that little bit of magic.”
Brad Fittler added: “I had never really heard of Reece Walsh heading into this season, then someone said ‘there’s this gun young halfback they’re going to let go of’.
“I’m thinking – well they let Tom Dearden go and they’ve let Sam Walker go… and then I saw him play.”
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Brisbane Broncos great and board member Darren Lockyer earlier this week was forced to defend the club’s direction for allowing not just Walsh, but also Sam Walker depart the club.
“A lot of kids come through the Broncos system. At the Broncos, there’s always going to be a lot of kids that come through there that are going to get picked off by other clubs,” Lockyer said.
“There’s other clubs that don’t have the same pathways as the Broncos. The Roosters, they got lucky with Sam Walker, he’s a really big star of the future.
“The same as Reece Walsh. The Broncos were keen to keep Reece Walsh but unfortunately, he decided to go to the Warriors.”
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