Walker cleared for NRL return after assault acquittal

Dylan Walker is available to return for Manly Sea Eagles after he was acquitted of assault, the NRL has confirmed.

Walker had been out of action due to a "no fault stand down" period, but he was found not guilty last week.

The league reviewed court documents following the acquittal of charges in his case and this period has now expired, making the Manly star free to play again.

NRL chief Todd Greenberg believes the process has been a success, saying: "We always said that we make no judgement on the guilt or innocence of any player stood down under this rule.

"That is a matter for the courts and, in this case, Dylan has been acquitted of the charges and is free to return to the game.

"We thank the Manly club for its support of the new rule and wish Dylan the best for the rest of the season.

"It is clear the no fault stand down rule enables us to protect the reputation of the game while charges are heard - so it is doing its job.

"We hope to use it very sparingly - only for the most serious cases - but we believe it is already proving successful in protecting the reputation of the game."

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