TJ: Comeback starts tonight

Tj walker has admitted he has not been happy with his form so far this season.

Tj walker has admitted he has not been happy with his form so far this season.

However, the influential Newcastle Eagles captain expects that to change dramatically - starting this weekend.

The Eagles host struggling Worcester tonight and then travel to a much-improved Leicester tomorrow looking to improve their 2-3 record and recover from a sluggish start to the new campaign.

Walker said: "In the seven years I have been here we have never started very well - apart from last season.

"We have had players arriving late again and Jeremy Hyatt only came back this time last week, so it has been difficult.

"I have not been happy with my own form, but that is all set to change from this weekend and in the weeks to come.

"I expect us to really start picking up now."

Walker added: "For the first few games I was trying to define what my new role would be and had to get a good relationship going with Shawan Robinson.

"Once Jeremy came back, that changed things again, but I think when we won at Guildford last Sunday I realised what I needed to do.

"We have worked things out and that reflected in our performance."

The Californian was full of praise for Robinson and Hyatt and, with Andrew Bridge coming off the bench, there is suddenly an embarrassment of riches alongside the playmaker.

He said: "It is great having Jeremy back because I know where he will be in a game.

"That means I can shape my own role in a way which suits us as a team and both offensively and defensively.

"Shawan has impressed me and he has proved very quickly. He is someone who is capable of playing at a high level and he can be a real threat for us.

"So far we have not clicked because with players coming in at different times we have had to turn corner after corner, which has slowed us down."

Walker went on: "Unless we bring in another guy with a British passport we look to be settled for a while.

"This means we can put our foot on the gas and push on, although we will only be taking one game at a time and will be careful not to get ahead of ourselves."

Fans could be forgiven for expecting the Eagles to take it easy tonight against a hapless Worcester Wolves side who were humiliated last week in Leicester.

That was a performance and result which has since led to people questioning their decision to turn professional and make the step up during the summer.

Walker, however, is refusing to accept the Springfield Honda-backed side will treat the Wolves any differently and is promising a committed performance.

He said: "It does not matter who we are playing.

"Right now we need to push hard to get our own form right."

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