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WALTON RELISHING PROSPECTIVE LOAN MOVE

10 July 2015



Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Christian Walton says he has no qualms about going on loan, and wants to challenge for the number one spot on his return.
 

Walton told seagulls.co.uk, "Getting games under my belt is the main priority for me now; to go out and get that experience.
 
"I am a young goalkeeper, and there are not too many playing regularly in the Championship. So it will be beneficial to go out and play regularly. When I come back I want to push for the number one spot."

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The England under-20 keeper also explained that he expects to have agreed a loan move in the next few days.
 
"There are a few offers that have come in, and I think by the start of next week I should have some idea where I will be going for the first half of the season.
 
"I want to play and it will be nice to be out on loan, playing games and waking up on a Saturday and having that matchday feeling.
 
"Last year I was preparing on matchdays, but I knew there was a 90% chance you were not going to play.
 
"That was difficult at times, travelling all that way and being on the bench - but it was a great experience being with the first-team.
 
"When you are away in that environment - training and travelling with the first-team - I felt it helped me as player."


 
Meanwhile, Walton thanked departing goalkeeping coach Antti Niemi - and is now looking forward to working with new man Ben Roberts.
 
"Antti was excellent to work with last season. He was really good to me and the help he gave me was invaluable.
 
"It was a really good year. I started as number three during last pre-season and was working hard to get the second spot, which I managed to achieve and it was good to get four first-team games.
 
"My debut was a big game to be involved in, and overall it was a really good experience. I feel more confident around the place now, because I have played and feel part of the team.
 
"I came across Ben a few times last season, and have heard lots of good things about him. When I came back I was really looking forward to working with him.
 
"His sessions are really good. It has been really intense, but enjoyable, which is important. When you're working hard, it makes a really big difference if you are enjoying your work."

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