I thought my NRL career was over: Walker

Sep 28, 2017 - 5:33 PM Manly star Dylan Walker feared his NRL career was over when he snapped his fibula in last week's Prime Minister's XIII game against Papua New Guinea.

Walker had just been moved to five-eighth by coach Mal Meninga when he heard a snap.

"I could feel some wetness and because it looked so out of place, I honestly thought I had done a compound (fracture)," Walker said.

"I asked the physio, 'How bad is it?' and he said, 'Don't look at it'.

"I thought the worst when he said that. I thought, 'Shit, my career could be over', but I made it worse than it probably was. I was lucky I had a good medical team there."

It is a disappointing end for the former NSW State of Origin representative, who was crowned Dally M centre of the year on Wednesday night.

He was also considered a rough chance of breaking into the Kangaroos squad for next month's World Cup, however will now spend the summer rehabilitating his leg.

"It would've been nice to cap off the year with a World Cup, but it's not the timing, not the ideal way I wanted to go out but Mal's got a lot of players there he can choose from," he said.

"Mal spoke and he said, 'If you're in this side, you're a realistic option to be in that side'.

"I took that in as much as I could. I wanted to go in there, have a good camp, be professional and going over to PNG is a once in a lifetime thing as well.

"I got to reap those rewards with a couple of Manly boys."

Walker is now racing the clock to be fit for next year's season-opener after completing a successful surgery at the local hospital in Port Moresby.

"Hopefully, just have to wait and see," he said. "It's pretty early on. I only got operated on three days ago. It's just wait and see how it pulls up."

Source: AAP

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