Storm’s self-confessed larrikin and star No.6 Cameron Munster has credited Louder for helping him get his life in order off the field, while prop and captain Christian Welch has also detailed the psychologist’s expertise while assisting him with his recovery from multiple injuries.
Walsh was suspended after a foul-mouthed rant in the 18-12 loss to Gold Coast in round 17, in which he gave teammate Pat Carrigan a spray and also had a running battle with referee Chris Butler.
The NRL judiciary came down hard on him and since then Walsh has focused on his football and, with Louder’s help, has channelled his emotions in a more positive way.
Reece Walsh. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
“I am seeing a lady outside the club named Jacqui and she has been massive for me,” Walsh said.
“She has put strategies around (handling) things that make me frustrated on the field. I am a pretty energised person. I get happy easy. I love playing footy and winning.
“Any chance I get to bring some energy in good parts of the game I am going to do. There are also parts that frustrate me.
“I can feel myself wanting to express myself but I am also pulling myself back. It is something I am really working on and will continue to work on.”
Walsh said captain Adam Reynolds and senior leaders at the club had helped him but added Louder had a way of helping him find an equilibrium.
“When I talk to her I feel calm. She says the right things,” he said.
Walsh said he had learned valuable lessons from his suspension. “I was disappointed in myself. It was a good reflection time about the way I talk to teammates and when to pull it back in and be calmer,” he said.