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WALTON GROWING UNDER FORMER SEAGULL

23 January 2017

The England under-21 shot-stopper is pleased with his development at Luton.


Goalkeeper Christian Walton is thoroughly enjoying life under former Brighton & Hove Albion assistant manager Nathan Jones at Luton Town.
 
Former Seagulls player and coach Jones left the south-coast to take over as manager of Luton Town a year ago, and took young keeper Walton on a season-long loan in the summer.
 
Under Jones, Walton has played over 25 times for the Hatters, helping the club into the League Two play-off places and to the best defensive record in the division.
 
Walton told seagulls.co.uk, “This season has been a great learning curve and Nathan has been brilliant to play for.
 
“I knew him from last year at Brighton and with him being such good friends with Ben Roberts it seemed like the perfect move for me, and so far it has been.
 
“Ben speaks to me two times a week on the phone and is still playing a massive part in my development, and then I can discuss things with Nathan and the goalkeeping coach here at Luton, Kevin Dearden, so I am getting a lot of support from a variety of areas.
 
“I have enjoyed some good form between the sticks but I set myself very high standards. I feel like a better goalkeeper than I was six months ago and that is thanks to Nathan, Ben, Luton and Brighton for giving me the chance to play regular football.
 
“The aim now is to climb out of the play-off places and into the top three and hopefully I will be celebrating a double promotion come May!”

Walton and Jones are not the only former Albion players at Kenilworth Road as defender turned midfielder Glen Rea is also at the club and Walton currently flat shares with his long-term friend.

“Having Glen here was a massive bonus. We lived together before when we were both at Brighton and it is great that we not only are both at the same club again, but that we are both playing regularly.
 
“Glen has even managed to notch a couple of goals and when I made a penalty save the other week he was probably happier for me than anyone else!
 
“So it is fantastic to be going through a similar phase of my career alongside a good mate, and if Albion go up he will be as happy as anyone as he is still a Brighton fan first and foremost.”

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