Like Father, Like Son

Updated: November 14, 2017

When Cody Walker’s two kids, Kian and Kade, wake up on Christmas morning they’ll already have a good idea of what’s waiting under the tree for them. Like many Rabbitohs Members, they’ll be gleefully sorting through plenty of Red and Green swag when they tear open their Membership Packs.

Cody and his partner Nellie grew up with footy being a central part of their lives. Nellie grew up only two streets away from Redfern Oval whilst Cody’s upbringing in Casino revolved around barefoot matches with his young mates.

Since Cody’s debut with the Rabbitohs in 2016, 5-year old Kian and 3-year old Kade have started to feel the same passion for footy as their parents did growing up. Kian currently plays for the Redfern All Blacks while Kade is likely going to play his first game in 2018.

This year Cody signed up his two sons as Rabbitohs Members only two days after 2018 Membership became available. It’s a phenomenon a lot of Rabbitohs Members can relate to; the passing down of the Red and Green spirit from an older relative or a long-time mate.

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“They’ve just recently jumped on the bandwagon of being Souths Members, they’re very passionate about footy,” said Walker.

“We grew up in a footy house hold, they’re very proud of what I’ve achieved over the last couple of years and they follow my every step.

“They’re always pointing out anything and everything that has to do with Souths.

“Every time they get something from the Rabbitohs they wear it with so much pride and whenever they see a sticker on someone’s car they always yell out ‘Bunnies Dad, Bunnies!’”

Cody’s chest swells with pride when he talks about his kids and the way they’ve taken to Rugby League. Passing on “the laughter and fun” is what makes it all worthwhile for Cody.

For the dynamic playmaker, footy was always played with a smile and he plans on keeping it that way – even in the tough environment of the NRL.

“Every time I held a football and played with all my family we all had smiles on our faces and I still do that now. I get out there, enjoy it and I love playing footy,” said Walker.

“I’ve got the best job in the world and to pass the laughter and the fun down to my sons, I can see it when he’s playing for Redfern All Blacks, I love getting down and watching him play, I think my youngest will play this year so it’s very exciting times.”

Will we see Kian and Kade playing for the Rabbitohs in years to come? It’s something Cody isn’t certain on but he will definitely be backing them all the way.

His oldest, Kian, is a spitting image of his father – tongue wagging and all when running the ball whilst his youngest, Kade, is more suited to run over the top of the opposition than around them.

They’ll have plenty of company as well with fellow Rabbitohs kids Kobe, Zariyaa, Nakylah, Aaliyah (Reynolds), Ace & Pippi (Sutton), Nate & Quinn (Inglis), Boston as well as Poppy (Burgess), Dante (Gagai) and Jason Clark’s three daughers – Milla, Andi and Billie.

“I think so, not too sure yet, he just loves getting the ball and running it – he’s got a little step on him!” said Walker.

“I think my younger one is going to move into the forwards, he’s a bit of a chunky bloke and he’s also a tough head so I think he’ll run hard.”

Spending time with his family for Christmas, Cody will be creating more football memories with his family as the clan gets together.

“We’re heading away to Evans Head for Christmas where we have a holiday house, I think it’ll be everyone on the Walker side this year,” said Walker.

“I’m going to spend it with my three older brothers and my parents, we’ve sort of done this when we’ve gone away from our home town. It’s going to be exciting times ahead of Christmas.”

“It’s a good opportunity to get together as a family, we haven’t done it for a while now so I’m very excited for Christmas this year and I can’t wait.” 

Membership is the lifeblood of the Rabbitohs and Cody can feel it when he’s interacting with our Members. With a family of 22,694 Members after just six weeks on sale – Cody is keen to see our family grow bigger and is looking forward to sharing an exciting 2018 with them.

“It’s very important, this is a Members based football Club and we love getting out seeing the Members,” said Walker.

“We can’t wait for round one, we’ve got some time and a lot of work between now and then and we just can’t wait.”


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