"Last week there was a bit of … not too sure what to call it … in my head. I just had to play to get over that mental hurdle.
"I wasn't too excited to be finally playing again. I was just so nervous, not knowing how the ankle will hold; how the shoulder would hold up."
The body passed with flying colours, although Walker's match fitness needs work.
"I was blowing hard but I'm so much better having got that much out of the way,'' he said.
"I didn't feel like [injuries] were giving me grief out there, or that I couldn't do something. I am so much more confident this week. Now I'm itching to get out to play. Last week I was like 'I'm not too sure'.
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