Former Eel and Bronco set to make debut for Rabbitohs if Walker banned

Any potential suspension for Walker will pave the way for Dargan, who was an Eels junior before he made his way to Brisbane and was lured to Redfern last year by Bennett.

Troy Dargan will replace Cody Walker should he be suspended.Credit:NRL Photos

Dargan was signed after Connor Tracey announced he would leave for Cronulla, while the halves stocks thinned over the summer with Adam Doueihi’s departure for Wests Tigers.

Dargan played in the Australian Schoolboys team in 2014 alongside Souths pin-up Mitchell, who will generate his own headlines next week in the lead-up to the showdown with his former club. Cook Island international Dargan, who also has Indigenous heritage, has also represented the NSW Origin under-20s team.

Souths have a lot of time for Blake Taaffe, but the 21-year-old is still developing and is outside the 32-player isolation bubble.

Dargan will no doubt have plenty of traffic directed at him by the premiers, but Bennett knows the only way he will develop is with game time.

Bennett was interviewed by the integrity unit on Tuesday about what he knew about Walker’s pre-Christmas street fight. He told the Herald on Tuesday it was ”immaterial” if he did know. Abdo said on Thursday the onus was on participants, including coaches, to report any incidents that could lead to a possible breach of the game’s rules or code of conduct.

James Roberts is sweating on returning to training and playing against the Roosters.

James Roberts is sweating on returning to training and playing against the Roosters.Credit:Getty

While Walker was not charged by police and no formal complaint was lodged with Souths or the NRL, the video footage was still a bad look for the code.

As for Roberts, he is keen to play against the Roosters, but could be forced to isolate for 14 days after spending time outside the Souths bubble. He sought professional help for depression and anxiety because he had struggled without the routine of rugby league during the COVID-19 lockdown. Abdo said if Roberts’ return was delayed, it would be “purely based on protecting the health of James, the Rabbitohs squad and the broader community”.


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