Roger Tuivasa-Sheck replacement found: Warriors sign 'prodigious talent' Reece Walsh from Broncos

The Warriors have signed a prodigious talent to replace outgoing fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck in 2022.
Reece Walsh, a standout junior, who is currently on a development contract with the Brisbane Broncos, will join the club on a three-year deal from next season.

The departure of Tuivasa-Sheck to rugby union will leave an irreplaceable hole at the Warriors but recruitment manager Peter OSullivan is confident the 19-year-old Walsh will eventually fill that void.

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Reece Walsh is currently on a development contract with the Brisbane Broncos.

Earlier this month, Kodi Nikorima told Stuff he was in no rush to decide whether hell take up the option in his contract to stay with the Warriors in 2022 but OSullivan offered a strong hint he could be at the club next season.

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With experience, I believe Reece will go on to become a top-line NRL fullback in the coming years. Hell complement Wayde (Egan), Kodi (Nikorima) and Chanel (Harris-Tavita) perfectly in our spine, OSullivan said in a statement on Thursday.

Reece is a prodigious talent who has starred in junior footy.

Its not often you get an opportunity to secure a pemain of his ability. He is a natural footballer with speed, balance and vision, OSullivan said.

Walsh, another product from the famed Keebra Park State High School rugby league nursery that produced his future teammate Ben Murdoch-Masila along with the likes of Benji Marshall and Payne Haas, represented the Queensland State of Origin Under 18s and Australian Schoolboys in 2019.

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Warriors fullback and captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is in his final year with the club.

Warriors head coach Nathan Brown said Walsh shapes as a wonderful replacement for Tuivasa-Sheck.

Reece has all the attributes in his game that the really good players have.

His speed and game sense are things that can make a difference in our team. We wont be putting pressure on Reece by making big statements about his game but we will give him all the guidance to make sure his game is ready for the start of 2022.

We want him to work hard and train hard and he will have a great career in front him, Brown said.

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Reece Walsh will be one of the candidates to replace Roger Tuivasa-Sheck at fullback next season.

The next piece in the Warriors' recruitment puzzle will be whether the then 20-year-old Walsh of Australian Indigenous and Mori heritage is entrusted with the critical position of fullback from the beginning of next season.

Two options within the squad, Peta Hiku and Hayze Perham, are both off-contract at the end of the current season.

Hiku has filled in at fullback many times in recent seasons and Perham will wear the No. 1 jersey for Warriors feeder club the Redcliffe Dolphins in the Queensland Cup on Saturday.

Halfback Paul Turner also spent much of his junior career at fullback.

Warriors chief executive Cameron George described Walsh's signature as a massive win for the club in amongst other recent recruitment victories.

Reece is a wonderful, polite young man who impressed us immensely when we met him," George said.

He comes to the Vodafone Warriors at the perfect time following us re-signing Tohu (Harris). We now have an exciting future with experience and exciting young players developed from within and others that have been handpicked to join us. Its a great statement for our club.

Walsh comes to the Warriors as a talented left foot goal kicker.


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