At age six, the Walkers moved to Melbourne, where Guy has lived since. It was at “seven or eight years old” when he got his first taste of Aussie rules.
“I went from Malaysia to Australia, and my mates, when I was at primary school, convinced me to start playing footy. I just saw this big oval footy and thought ‘what is that?’ I started kicking it around like a soccer ball and it took me a while to get used to it and bounce the ball,” Walker said.
Walker played junior football with Maribyrnong Park – and best mate and now teammate again, Joel Smith – and then under 16s with Calder Cannons, before he was offered a contract with Cricket Victoria.
But as often is the case for talented young sportspeople, Walker was forced to choose one sport in his late teens. He opted for cricket, ahead of Australian rules.
Walker, 22, officially joined the Melbourne football club on November 1 in the lead-up to the 2019 AFL season.
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