Curtis Scott might have broken his eye socket with a punch, but Dylan Walker isn't holding it against him.
Scott and Walker's fight during Manly's match against Melbourne in May made headlines around the NRL.
The Storm centre became the first player to be sent off in the NRL in three years.
His blows on Walker fractured the Sea Eagle's eye socket and earned him a two-match ban.
But Walker has revealed his surprising respect for the 21-year-old.
"I like that about him, he didn’t want to take a step back," he told The Locker Room Network podcast.
"That’s what I like about players. For instance, Sam Burgess, he’d say just hop on the back of me and I’m a leader. That’s what I like about people who are true to themselves."
Walker admitted Scott's punch was a quality hit.
"We were at in the whole game, not verbally but just running at each other," he said.
"When he hit me my whole eye went black. He got me a doozy."