Albion's shot-stopper hailed the importance of a temporary switch to Kenilworth Road.
Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Christian Walton described his loan switch to Luton Town as a ‘perfect fit’ and is looking forward to linking up with Nathan Jones at Kenilworth Road.
The 20-year-old shot-stopper is embarking on the third loan stint of his career after previous spells with Bury and Plymouth last season, and is relishing the prospect of working under Jones again.
He told seagulls.co.uk, “I can’t wait, and at this stage of my career, it’s vital that I’m playing games regularly.
“It is a perfect fit for me playing games with Nathan Jones, who knows me well as a player.
“I know the enthusiasm he has for the game, the knowledge he has and he’s going to be a great person to work under.
“He’s got links at Brighton and they’ll be able to see my progression throughout the season. It’s going to be really good working with him and the other members of staff at the club too.
“He told me that it’s a stepping stone in my career where I can go and play my games for a team that wants to push for promotion in the coming season and to enjoy it while I’m there.”
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Walton is expecting a tough test in League Two and revealed the words of encouragement he has received from his fellow Albion goalkeepers, including David Stockdale.
“It’s going to be very different from the Championship. It’s more of a physical game and you have to be prepared to come out to collect crosses, which is one of main strengths.
“It’s not going to be easy with some other big clubs in that league, but hopefully we can get off to a good start and carry it on throughout the season.
“The keepers at Brighton wished me all the best. Stocko [David Stockdale] told me how good the fans are at Luton, what a big club they are and how good it was for me to get it sorted early on so I can get used to those surroundings.”
The goalkeeper is pleased to have the security of a long-term loan move and aims to push the likes of Stockdale, Niki Maenpaa and Casper Ankergren for a starting berth next season.
“The loan window has changed this year and you have to go for a set amount of time.
“That’s good for me and I am now aiming to push for a place in their team and hopefully I can do really well.
“The reason why I’m going is to get the experience I need to move onto the next level. Next year I can hopefully push for that number one jersey at Brighton.”