The New Zealand Warriors have pulled off a huge coup by announcing the signing of Manly Sea Eagles ace Dylan Walker for the start of the 2023 NRL campaign.
The Warriors are priced at 3/1 to finish in the top eight in 2022 but they have an eye on the future also and the capture of Walker is a huge signing.
Walker has penned a deal that will start in 2023 and then run until the end of the 2025 NRL campaign, taking him to the age of 30.
The centre has his best years ahead of him and the Warriors are delighted to get the deal over the line.
"He has proven himself among the competition’s best and most consistent players over the last two seasons, a player very much on top of his game," Warriors general manager football Craig Hodges told the club's website.
"He’s a high-quality centre who can also play in the halves, at fullback and fill a role in the middle if required. Dylan’s going to bring so much to our side from next season."
Walker was due to be off-contract at the end of 2022 and has opted to take up a fresh challenge elsewhere.
He has made 163 NRL appearances and scored 65 tries and Warriors CEO Cameron George has also saluted the move.
"Signing Dylan is a terrific boost for us as we build and improve our roster for next season and beyond," George added. "Along with our other major signings for 2023 and on, he will lend experience as well as adding hugely to our depth."