Dan Walsh, Staff Writer
South Sydney youngster Dylan Walker is back on centre stage, just the way he likes it.
Having started the year at five-eighth following a pre-season injury to Luke Keary, the Rabbitohs have clicked into gear with back-to-back wins away wins over the Dragons and the Panthers since Walker has moved back to the centres.
The youngster has looked far more comfortable out wide over the past fortnight, running for 129 metres against the Dragons at the SCG, and then busted three tackles in last Friday's win over the Panthers, as well as laying on Nathan Merritt's record-breaking 145th career try with some slick hands.
Walker said he while he appreciated his stint in the playmaking role he was happy to be back in his usual No.3 jersey.
"I'm enjoying it out there, that's where I started my career in first grade so yeah I'm enjoying it," said Walker, who admitted John Sutton's return to the halves had relieved the expectation on him to kick-start the Rabbitohs attack.
"There is less pressure with Sutto going back there, he's a great leader of our club and our team and he does a good job there.
"I played all my junior footy (in the halves) so it's just a matter of time I think," Walker said about an eventual move back into the playmaking position outside of halfback Adam Reynolds.
"I've just got to keep training there and working at it and just try and get better at that position."
While the 2012 Australian schoolboys star is grateful for the extra room to move in the three-quarter line, as with the rest of a Rabbitohs team that has conceded just 10 points in its past two games, Walker is most pleased with his defensive efforts in recent weeks.
The Matraville junior put much of his improvement down to the influence of fullback Greg Inglis and former Kangaroos and NSW Blues centre Matt King, who have the youngster backing his instincts without the ball in hand.
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"I just read off what I see and I get a lot of help from the boys – Greggy's played centre there for a long time, Matt King helps us and the coaches as well – they go through the video and see what we can do better.
"Just to go with your first instinct and your first choice," said Walker on the most important lesson imparted by the former Melbourne duo.
"You can't really second guess yourself because you'll probably make the wrong decision."
Over on the opposite flank Bryson Goodwin is looking forward to shaping up against Canterbury, the club he played 68 matches for between 2009 and 2012, and was quick to identify his former teammates as genuine title contenders.
"From what I've seen so far this year they're definitely up there," said Goodwin.
"I think they've been going really well.
"They're up the top in both attack and defence so they've been playing some good footy.
"They showed on the weekend that they can come back from nothing and win a game.
"They've got plenty of attacking options so we're going to have to be pretty good to win this week."