After joining the club as a delisted free agent, it didn’t take long for Josh Walker to cement his spot in the North Melbourne backline.
His North career got off to the worst possible start, however, as he suffered a nasty game-ending neck injury early on in his debut against St Kilda.
But the extended break between Round 1 and 2 meant Walker was fit for selection, and he subsequently played every game.
He proved to be a ready-made replacement for the retired Scott Thompson, working seamlessly with Robbie Tarrant in the key defensive posts.
The number 19 also showed his versatility, swinging forward to good effect when required.
Walker was rewarded for his fine form with a new one-year deal.
By the numbers
Walker’s 27 contested marks were the 11th most in the competition, and most by any defender.
He led the Roos in both contested marks and intercept marks, showing his dominance in the air.
The big moment
Early on against Richmond, Walker showed just how good he is in the air, taking a huge mark of the year contender.
Josh Walker with the huge fly! ??— North Melbourne (@NMFCOfficial) July 20, 2020
Who liked the look of Walks' in attack? pic.twitter.com/uaYURGNgfU
What social said
Josh Walker has been terrific this season for North Melbourne.— Denholm Melrose (@DMelrose41) June 28, 2020
One of the most consistent players for North this year.. glad he’s staying on :)— Eddie Sportsbetts (@squidyy_sg) September 4, 2020
This is good news. Josh Walker has been great for North this year https://t.co/KzOu1b0F8N— Kate Salemme (@KateSalemme) September 4, 2020
The best of Josh Walker