“This is where my footy started,” Walters said.
“It’s always been my dream to play AFL footy and I like to think it started here.”
Born and raised in Midvale, Walters is not the only big name that began their AFL career at Ron Jose.
“I met a lot of my best friends here,” he said.
“I played with Nic Naitanui and Chris Yarran (Richmond).
“There’s a lot of memories here and I really enjoy coming back.”
Fremantle Dockers players attended training sessions all over the Perth metropolitan area on Tuesday as part of the lead up to the 2016 Nicky Winmar Carnival, a program that provides indigenous youth with an avenue to enter the WA football system.
Walters said it was important for him to return to Midvale, and show a positive example of what youth sports can provide to the indigenous community.
“To see a lot of younger kids getting involved in sport and to be seen as a shining light for them, I’m proud of that,” he said.
This year’s Nicky Winmar Carnival will be bigger than ever, with 300 participants expected.
It will be played in a round-robin format, with all teams led by Aboriginal coaches and current and former AFL and WAFL role models.
The carnival takes place on Sunday, March 6 at Rushton Park, Mandurah.