Walker recently signed a new long term deal to stay at the club, which was a big sign of faith in his ability by manager Dougie Freedman.
Walker is now focused on having a good pre-season to give himself the best possible chance of featuring for the Forest first team when the new campaign gets underway.
“I’m not getting carried away in terms of celebrations – Off season is so important – You need to be in a reasonable condition (when you return) because those two weeks are really hard – You want to come back and make impressions and hit the ground running and trying to lose a little bit of weight,” he said.
Walker is rightly wary of pre-season, which is traditionally difficult because the majority of players would not have done much intense fitness work for several weeks.
They are likely to have kept themselves ticking over with some gym work, but the hard yards are put in by the fitness coaches to get the players into a state where they are able to compete in high intensity matches for longer.
Freedman will be encourage by his mature and positive mentality, which is surprising because of Walker’s age, 18.
It could be very easy for a player in his position to get carried away with the financial rewards of his new deal, especially over the summer.
However, he’s got a determination to be the club’s star centre forward next year and that will put the other attacking players under some pressure when the squad does get back together.