Bradford star recruit Jack Walker breaks silence on recent injury setback 

Josh McAllister
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Bradford star recruit Jack Walker has spoken about his injury that saw him leave the field early in the opening round of the Championship campaign for the first time.

Walker, 23, joined the Bulls during the off-season on a one-year deal from Leeds.

He featured for the side during their pre-season friendlies, including the fixture against his former club, starting at full-back in the 24-10 defeat at Headingley Stadium.

The talented youngster made his official debut against Whitehaven in round one, but was forced from the field just four minutes in. Mark Dunning’s side went on to claim a 24-8 victory at home.

Ahead of Bradford’s clash with York on Monday night, Walker discussed his recent setback with Viaplay Sports presenter Ross Fiddes.

Jack Walker: It was tough to take

He said: “It was tough to take to start with. It was hard to process with a tough pre-season. I feel like all that hard work has gone to a bit of a waste.

“But I feel like I’ve accepted it now and I’m ready to get on the grind again and hopefully I’m back as soon as possible.”

Speaking to the Telegraph and Argus, head coach Dunning confirmed that Walker will be sidelined for “a while”.

He commented: “The injury will keep him out for a while, but he’s doing well, and we’ve all put our arms round him.

“There’ll be no time frame given by the club. We’ll give an update when he’s close to returning. But let’s just say it’s not the end of the world.

“I care passionately about my players, and I’ve spoken to Jack every day since his injury.”

Meanwhile, Tom Holmes has been named at starting full-back for Bradford against York at the LNER Community Stadium.

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