Manly's Walker denies pizza shop assault

Luke Costin
·2-min read

Manly NRL player Dylan Walker has pleaded not guilty to assaulting two men outside a pizza shop on Sydney's northern beaches.

The Sea Eagles centre, 26, said nothing to reporters on Wednesday as he left Manly Local Court, where he faced two charges of common assault.

After leaving Narraweena's Little Italy on November 1, he allegedly tried to get into a woman's car that was parked outside the pizzeria.

He didn't know the woman and was confronted by two men, who were allegedly assaulted by the "aggressive" Walker, police say.

Walker was arrested by police a short time later.

His bail conditions require him to abstain from being publicly intoxicated by alcohol or any illicit drug.

The Dee Why man is also not allowed to contact the two men, any other prosecution witnesses or go within 50 metres of the pizza shop.

The 2017 Dally M Centre of the Year is excused from the next mention on January 13 if legally represented.

An NRL spokesman told AAP on November 2 the game's organising body was aware of the incident and said the integrity unit was liaising with both police and Manly.

Walker played seven games for Manly in the 2020 season, scoring one try.

He has played twice for NSW in State of Origin, both times in losses to Queensland in 2016.

The former South Sydney Rabbitoh was stood down in early 2019 as he fought the accusation he'd assaulted his fiancee, Alexandra Ivkovic, in December 2018.

In that incident, Ms Ivkovic called triple zero and accused the NRL player of pulling her hair and causing her to fall as she held a baby.

She recanted the story later that night, saying she'd overreacted.

Walker returned to the field after being found not guilty by a magistrate in May 2019.