Manly Sea Eagles have clarity now the Dylan Walker court saga is over


“There were some dark days with it, we just had to lean on each other,” a tearful Walker said. “I’m so lucky to have that loving partner and baby. It’s tough, it doesn’t reflect me as a person, what I do on the field.

“I just want to be the best person I can be. The best father, the best partner. The hatred [from fans] is there. We’re just moving on.”

Ivkovic said her support of Walker was unwavering.

“There was never an issue,” Ivkovic said. “It’s one of those things, of course you are going to support your partner. He is such a good person. That has been the hardest thing for me to watch as a partner, not even in this whole situation but over the years, [people] paint him as a bad person. He’s always stayed so quiet about all the good things that he does.”


The decision is a timely boost for Manly and Walker. The Sea Eagles will remain in contention for a top-four finish if they can defeat Wests Tigers at Brookvale on Thursday night. Walker, off contract at the end of the season, has been solid in his return after becoming the first player stood down under the NRL’s new ‘no fault’ stand-down policy. After making his comeback in his customary centre position, the former NSW representative has shifted into the halves alongside Daly Cherry-Evans.

It’s understood Manly wants to retain Walker, but that desire was balanced against the potential appeal and ensuring there were sufficient funds to retain Jake and Tom Trbojevic. Now that one of the impediments has been removed, it’s likely the 24-year-old will remain on the northern beaches.


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