Walker ca­reer in doubt af­ter al­leged as­sault

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS -

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.

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