Billy Walters makes the weight ahead of Storm debut

Billy Walters was born into a big NRL name but not the body to match.

The son of Kevin Walters has always carried his name proudly even when he was kept from playing under-20s due to being too slightly built.

Walters feared he would never get the chance to play in the NRL but his father, who coaches the Queensland State-of-Origin side, told him to persist with the game and wait for his body to catch up.

It proved wise advice as he eventually made the weight to play at senior level and worked his way up through the Queensland Cup where the Storm's talent scouts watched his rise before signing him for the 2018 season.

Walters, who is now listed at 88 kilograms, has played 83 games in the Queensland Cup and qualified as a carpenter but on Thursday night he will finally make his NRL debut for Melbourne Storm against St George-Illawarra at WIN Stadium.


Storm coach Craig Bellamy elevated Walters to cover for Cameron Munster at five-eighth.

"It's been a wait but it's been worth it and I can't wait to rip in with such a great club," Walters said.

It's been a long wait for Storm's Billy Walters to make his NRL debut.

It's been a long wait for Storm's Billy Walters to make his NRL debut.Credit:AAP

"In the last two or three years I've put on more muscle and strength being in the system at Melbourne. That's definitely helped me grow my body."

Kevin Walters has spent the past few weeks focused heavily on Queensland's State-of-Origin campaign, which ends in a deciding game three in Sydney next Wednesday, but will be at his son's Storm game.

"To have such a legend be my dad, he's been very handy and helpful with me and my football," Billy Walters said.

"He was stoked when I told him.

"He's had a lot on his plate the past couple of weeks but called me yesterday and told me how proud he was and how excited he was.

"He's coming to the game. I can't wait to have him there supporting me."

Bellamy praised Walters for his perseverance and he's excited about seeing how his side handles the game with six players missing due to State of Origin.

"He's improved in a lot of areas and comes from pretty good stock," Bellamy said.

"Hes a good kid and pretty popular as well. Since origin has been going we haven't had our origin players here much so Billy has done a lot of training with the first grade side and I'm sure their combinations will be pretty good."

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