Walker set for stardom

Star rises: Jayden Walker. Picture: Steve Montgomery

Star rises: Jayden Walker. Picture: Steve Montgomery

JAYDEN Walker is carving out a promising junior career with Cronulla Sharks.

The NRL club are in negotiations to sign young Jayden to their Holden Cup under-20s team.

The back rower, who has played his junior footy with the strong De La Salle Caringbah club, graduated through the Sharks S.G. Ball Cup under-18s team.

Jayden, 17, has been selected to play for the NSW Schoolboys open age side to play at the national titles in July.

The Darwin event brings together the best schoolboy footballers in the nation.

From these titles the Australian schoolboys team to play and tour England will be named. The overseas tour is later this year.

Jayden, standing 185 centimetres tall and weighing 98 kilograms, is a robust forward with good speed, smart footwork and resolute defence.

"I've played with De La Salle Caringbah since I was nine," Jayden said.

"I'm thrilled to play for NSW at the nationals and also to be alongside my teammate, Connor Tracey from De La Salle, who is also in the team.

"My goals are to play a few more games for the Sharks under-20s this season and play well in Darwin.

"I also want to concentrate on school footy at Endeavour Sports High School, where I am coached by Jeff Hardy and Dave Howlett."

Howlett is the Sharks under-20s coach.

Away from footy, Jayden loves to grab a surfboard and head to the beach.