Leeds Rhinos full-back Jack Walker says he’s in great shape as he prepares for the start of the 2022 Betfred Super League season (Leeds Rhinos – 8/1 to win the Grand Final).
The 22-year-old has endured a stop-start career so far, with injuries derailing his progress since he broke onto the scene at Headingley.
Walker missed almost two Betfred Super League campaigns due to a foot injury and then suffered a hamstring tear in pre-season. In recent weeks, the England international has worked tirelessly with the club’s medical department, and he completed his first full training session on Monday.
Walker is set to compete with Richie Myler for the full-back spot in the upcoming season, and he claims he has never been in better shape.
He told Leeds Live: “I had my first training session back today with the boys, a full session, and I’m loving it. Physically, I’m probably in the best shape I’ve ever been in, and by a country mile as well.
“Even mentally, I’m in a good place. I lost motivation in the second year of the injury, which is understandable with back-to-back years out, but now I’m back with the boys. I’m loving going to training every day.”
He added: “We found out from my foot injury that my calf wasn’t strong enough. So it meant my hamstring was working overtime to compensate for my calf; it’s worked too much and ended up tearing. But I’ve recovered from that now, I’m pain-free, and I’m flying.”
Richard Agar’s side (11/1 – To win regular season) are hoping to return to the top of the sport this year after signing James Bentley, Blake Austin, Aidan Sezer and David Fusitu’a in the off-season.