Super league: Chev Walker hoping operation will extend his career with Bradford Bulls
Bradford forward Chev Walker is hoping an operation on his injured knee during the off-season might extend his career.
Last Updated: 08/01/14 2:17pm
The 31-year-old underwent minor surgery during the winter months but is now back in full training with the rest of the Bulls squad after going through a period of rehabilitation.
Now the former Leeds Rhino - who has been switched from the centres to the second row - is looking forward to the 2014 campaign, and possibly beyond.
Walker signed a new one-year deal to remain at Bradford last summer, with the contract also including a 12-month option to extend his stay at the Provident Stadium even further.
"I had a micro-fracture. I'd had a clear-out last year and to give myself a bit more longevity the micro-fracture was necessary," he told the club's official website.
"I had that done and it seems to have responded really well so, touch wood, I don't have any flare-ups throughout the year.
"I do not know whether I will be involved in the Hull FC friendly, but my main aim is to make sure I am in good nick and ready to go come round one of Super League."
Francis Cummins' squad begin their preparations for the new season with a friendly against Hull FC though it is possible Walker might not feature until the serious business begins in February.
The Bulls also play warm-up games against Dewsbury and Castleford, with the Tigers then also their opponents in the opening round of Super League.
"I am not worrying too much about when or where I might feature during the pre-season campaign," he added.
"For me it is all about getting myself in the best possible shape, selection will come when Francis sees fit.
"This is a big year for me and I have targets to hit if I want to be here in 2015, targets which I am keen to meet. I need to quickly find top form and continually produce my best rugby, week in, week out."