Leeds Rhinos offer Walker new contract to keep wolves from the door

One of the boys, Jack Walker. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
One of the boys, Jack Walker. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
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LEEDS RHINOS are keen to keep hold of teenage prospect Jack Walker, chief executive Gary Hetherington says.

Walker is understood to have been attracting interest from rival Betfred Super League clubs after bursting on to the first-team scene this year. The 17-year-old full-back, who can also play in the halves, was Rhinos’ man of the match in last week’s Sky-televised 24-22 win over St Helens.

Leeds Rhinos chief executive, Gary Hetherington.

Leeds Rhinos chief executive, Gary Hetherington.

That was his fourth appearance for Rhinos – his third in the starting line-up – and second man of the match honour following a hat-trick on his debut in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup fifth-round win over Doncaster.

He was also an unused substitute against Castleford Tigers two weeks ago.

Asked about Walker’s future, Hetherington said: “He is a player who has come through our system. He is out of academy contract at the end of the season and he has been offered a new contract.

“He is clearly a player we see could have a good future in the game with Leeds Rhinos.”

Warrington Wolves have been linked with a move for Walker, who is in his second season with the Leeds Rhinos academy after coming through the club’s scholarship. The Leeds-born youngster joined Rhinos from community club Oulton.

There were fears he would not play again after he suffered a fractured skull playing for under-14s side Oulton Invaders.