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Walker back on the market

By Brent Read 20/08/2003 08:49:31 PM Comments (0)

Sydney Roosters flyer Chris Walker will be shopped around the NRL and the Australian Rugby Union after the premiers decided they couldn't squeeze him under their salary cap next season.

Walker's manager Chris Orr hit the phones after receiving the bad news from Roosters boss Bernie Gurr, immediately contacting Newcastle, Brisbane and Manly.

Orr also indicated he would talk with Australia's three rugby union Super 12 franchises.

It's understood the Knights were scared away by Walker's asking price, believed to be around $150,000 per season, but the Broncos will hold further talks with Orr on Thursday.

"We're going to the market," Orr said.

"I'll be ringing every club and seeing if they want a player of Chris' ability in their side.

"We're also going to sound out the (NSW) Waratahs and (Queensland) Reds, and maybe the (ACT) Brumbies.

"Right now we're up in the air.

"It's unfortunate because Chris really wanted to stay at the Roosters and was prepared to take a (pay) cut to do it."

Broncos chief executive Bruno Cullen had a brief talk with Orr before discussing Walker's situation with coach Wayne Bennett.

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