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Walton loving life at Rovers

Christian Walton says regular senior football is exactly what he needs at this stage of his career following his season-long loan move to Blackburn Rovers.

By Alex Stedman • 30 August 2019

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Christian Walton.

The Albion stopper made the switch to the Championship side eager to play as many games as possible during the 2019/20 campaign, and says he’s relished being an ever-present figure so far in England’s second tier.

He said, “Regular football is big for me at the moment – I had to make a decision over the summer and it was important I was playing every week for my development.

“Going to big sides in the Championship and showing everyone what I can do is massive for me and important at this stage of my career.

“The manager was a big factor too, he’s got a wealth of experience and he’s done so much for the club.

“He’s taken them from League One and steadied the ship, now we’re a good side in this league and we want to be competing at the top end of the table.”

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Christian Walton in action at Ewood Park

An opening day loss at home to Charlton Athletic was followed by a defeat to Fulham at Craven Cottage for Walton and the side, but their fortunes have changed since then.

“It’s been good overall, it was a move I was really looking forward to,” he continued.

“We had two losses at the start of the season which obviously wasn’t the most ideal of beginnings, but we’ve responded well.

“We have a lot of new players in the team and I think it will take time to gel, but since those opening two games we’ve gone three unbeaten and I’ve kept three clean sheets too, so it’s positive.”

Tony Mowbray’s men head to the Hawthorns tomorrow sitting in 13th position in the table, and Walton spoke about maintaining the standards both himself and the Lancashire side have set in their recent outings. 

“Those shutouts are big for me, the game with Hull City was televised so my performance has been publicised, and that’s good for me.

“The penalty save [against Hull City] was at a crucial time in that game as well, so that was big for the whole of the side, it was an important win. 

“I know I need to maintain those levels now and hopefully we can pick up another good result this weekend away at West Brom before the first international break.”