Player Watch #19: Josh Walker - selected as a DFA - Welcome to North Melbourne

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weevil

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I genuinely like the hell out of this bloke. If he wants it he'll get the chance to retire with us as opposed to us retiring him.
He is a very likable player, had loads of fans in Brisbane. He looks for all the world like a completely average list clogger, but then a pack goes up for a mark and all of a sudden Clark Kent turns into Superman. Really gives you that suburban footy player made good vibe.

I was really glad North picked him up and thought he would be a good fit there.

Fagan has super-specific ideas on building the team. If you are over 25 in Brisbane you pretty much have to be an A grader or fit a very specific need, or you are out. Allen Christensen was an excellent small forward for us last year, almost got delisted. Would be an automatic selection at a bunch of clubs, has not played this year.

The one thing with Walks you have to watch is his consistency. He can drop off a little if the coach does not keep the whip on him, but when he is switched on he is really good value and great to watch.
 

koshari

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Lots to like about this bloke.

Strong, Courageous, Neat by hand and foot.

With the footy he is playing it’s hard to believe his career would have been on the scrap heap had we not picked him up.
i would even go as far to say he looked a bit of a General (the military definition rather than vanilla term) type down back and good to have him helping out Taz.
 

Caracas

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i would even go as far to say he looked a bit of a General (the military definition rather than vanilla term) type down back and good to have him helping out Taz.
He was comically unlucky to be sold down the drain by that hospital pass he received in the last quarter. It made him look very awkward - which he isn’t. Unfortunately, it led to what turned out to being the deciding score of the match.


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DaveyBoy123

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Replacing Scott Thompson in North Melbourne’s backline was never going to be an easy task, but Josh Walker is certainly giving it a good shot. Since being selected as a delisted free agent in the off-season, the former Lion has made all posts a winner in defence.

“I think it was my best game so far,” Walker told North Media after another strong performance against Hawthorn. “The calibre and experience of the guys around me has made it really easy. They all know what they’re doing. The communication and organisation between the guys is really good, and that makes it all pretty smooth sailing.”

Walker has played all four games this season and quickly become one of the Roos' first picked, alongside teammate Robbie Tarrant. “'Taz' (Tarrant) is awesome," he said. “His leadership is of a really high standard. He’s the general down there and he really sets everyone up. He never shows when he’s hurt, as we saw on the weekend (sore ribs), which I love. He takes the best talls in the comp each week and rarely gets beaten. I’ve got a huge amount of respect for him. He’s been huge for me personally.”

With Ben McKay and Sam Durdin finding form in the scratch matches, and Majak Daw returning from injury, Walker said the club's depth is bringing the best out of him. “It’s really good for the club. You can’t get complacent or take your spot for granted,” he said.

Among Walker’s admirers, defensive coach Heath Scotland. “I was really pleased for him, he had a really good output on the weekend, having been a bit disappointed about the week before,” Scotland said. “He’s been a great inclusion at the football club, and he and 'Taz' have worked really well, and they’ve built some great chemistry together. He’s been really impressive, and hopefully that starts a run of really good games for him. I’m new to the place as well, but he seems like part of the furniture here. He hasn’t seemed like a new player at all, and has a really good personality that’s made his settling in really easy.”
 
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tazaa

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Replacing Scott Thompson in North Melbourne’s backline was never going to be an easy task, but Josh Walker is certainly giving it a good shot. Since being selected as a delisted free agent in the off-season, the former Lion has made all posts a winner in defence.

“I think it was my best game so far,” Walker told North Media after another strong performance against Hawthorn. “The calibre and experience of the guys around me has made it really easy. They all know what they’re doing. The communication and organisation between the guys is really good, and that makes it all pretty smooth sailing.”

Walker has played all four games this season and quickly become one of the Roos' first picked, alongside teammate Robbie Tarrant. “'Taz' (Tarrant) is awesome," he said. “His leadership is of a really high standard. He’s the general down there and he really sets everyone up. He never shows when he’s hurt, as we saw on the weekend (sore ribs), which I love. He takes the best talls in the comp each week and rarely gets beaten. I’ve got a huge amount of respect for him. He’s been huge for me personally.”

With Ben McKay and Sam Durdin finding form in the scratch matches, and Majak Daw returning from injury, Walker said the club's depth is bringing the best out of him. “It’s really good for the club. You can’t get complacent or take your spot for granted,” he said.

Among Walker’s admirers, defensive coach Heath Scotland. “I was really pleased for him, he had a really good output on the weekend, having been a bit disappointed about the week before,” Scotland said. “He’s been a great inclusion at the football club, and he and 'Taz' have worked really well, and they’ve built some great chemistry together. He’s been really impressive, and hopefully that starts a run of really good games for him. I’m new to the place as well, but he seems like part of the furniture here. He hasn’t seemed like a new player at all, and has a really good personality that’s made his settling in really easy.”
Another reason Tarrant should be captain
 

the Ziebull

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He was an emergency in our first game this year, from memory, coming in to replace Maj who had the flu? He has certainly made every post a winner since.
Nah he was always in
Murphy came in for daw round 1

keen to see how we go when daw comes in to help as third tall
Taz, Walker, daw, we will dominate in the air
 

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shimaburnsgrieg

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Walker and Larkey to be the key forwards moving forward - Daw to rotate between back and forward depending on match ups.

BBB c ya later until you show you want it more.
 

tazaa

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How does Josh Walker go forward and provide more impact than Wood, Brown, Ziebell and Campbell offered all year?
This delivery into the forward line sh*t has merit but it doesn’t excuse the pathetic efforts dished up.
 

ChoppyGun

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I was dead set wrong on Walker.

Sure he made a few mistakes, but a genuinely great addition to our (badly struggling) team.
 

amaz199

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Has been the shining light recruit this year.

He has impacted more in his first time forward tonight than Brown has the entire season.

Actually had a bit of arrogance with that shot from 45 out on a tight angle. fu** we need some of that sh*t back.
 

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