Walker career in doubt after alleged assault
NRL star Dylan Walker’s career appears in limbo with the Manly star stood down from training after allegedly assaulting his partner on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
Alexandra Ivkovic, 24, suffered cuts to her shoulder, leg and feet at a home in Dee Why on Thursday and was treated by paramedics at the scene.
Walker, 24, was later arrested and charged with common assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
The Sea Eagles star was driven from Manly Police Station by coach Des Hasler after being granted bail to face Manly Local Court on Tuesday.
Club chief executive Lyall Gorman said Walker would not be required for training until after his court hearing.
He said his chief concern was the welfare of the alleged victim and a baby.
“He needs to clear his head. He’s only been released from Manly police station through the night,” Gorman said.
“I haven’t been able to speak to Dylan personally. I have spoken to his partner on four occasions … and been trying to make sure we look after her welfare and the welfare of the family and the young baby,” he said.
Gorman, who has also referred the matter to the NRL Integrity Unit, wouldn’t speculate on any possible sanctions should Walker be found guilty.
“It’s too early to say what the consequences of this are. Clearly, it’s a very serious allegation,” he said. (But) it’s too early for me to call whether he will be found guilty for a start and then any discussions around any sanction will be between us and the Integrity Unit.”
But Gorman said his club was greatly disappointed to learn of the allegation.
“Allegations around domestic violence are of course totally foreign to anything we stand for and our culture and values,” he said.
CHARGES: Dylan Walker and Alexandra Ivkovic.