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Roosters crowing about Walker

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January 10, 2017

Former AFL player Andrew Walker has been linked with Northern Football League club West Preston-Lakeside.

Former AFL player Andrew Walker has been linked with Northern Football League club West Preston-Lakeside.

The Echuca export retired from the AFL last year after playing 202 games with Carlton.

When he called it quits, Echuca immediately asked about his services for the Goulburn Valley Football League season.

Murray Bombers coach Andrew Briggs told The News in November he would love to get Walker on the field in any capacity.

‘‘We’re having discussions with Andrew about what his commitments are for next year,’’ Briggs said.

‘‘His coaching role at Carlton will take up some time, but if he could even play a game or two that would be great for the club.’’

Walker is staying at Carlton in an off-field development coach role, meaning his ability to play local football could be affected.

West Preston-Lakeside coach Rob Maiorana told Preston Leader this week he was confident of securing Walker for most of the NFL season.

‘‘I obviously know Andrew pretty well from my involvement down at Carlton with Northern Blues,’’ Maiorana said.

‘‘We haven’t formalised anything with Andrew at the moment, but we are trying to work through a couple of things.

‘‘He’s got some roles and responsibilities with Carlton in a coaching capacity, so we have to see how that looks.’’

The Roosters are building a star-studded side, with former St Kilda forward Ahmed Saad, Geelong premiership player Mathew Stokes and fellow former AFL players David Rodan and Patrick Karnezis already signed on.

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