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13 July 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Christian Walton

Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Christian Walton expressed his delight at signing a new four-year deal with the club, and revealed his determination to challenge for the number one spot after a season with Wigan Athletic in League One.

The 21-year-old moved to the Latics on a season-long loan deal after committing his long-term future to the Seagulls, and he commented on his ambition to play for Albion in the Premier League one day.

He said, “I’m absolutely delighted, it’s that security that every player wants. It’s come off the back of playing regular games last season, which is what all young players need.

“Hopefully this year will be another good year, and I’ll be looking to come back and challenge for the number one spot at Brighton.

“It’s what you dream of as a kid, being at a Premier League team and being offered that length of contract. It’s brilliant but I’ve still got to work hard and push for the number one spot.

“You don’t see many young goalkeepers playing in the Premier League without playing a lot of games in the lower leagues. It’s a gradual process and a journey I’m happy to be on.”

After being relegated to League One last season, Wigan appointed Paul Cook as their new manager, and Walton commented on how the club’s interest came about over the summer.

“It’s been on the cards for a couple of months. Paul Cook was at Portsmouth last season and I played against them twice with Luton Town.

“He got the chance to see me play and then as soon as he found out there was a vacancy for the number one shirt at Wigan, he was on the phone to the club.

“It wasn’t a difficult decision to make the move, they’re a team that’s just come down from the Championship with a lot of good players. The manager’s record speaks for itself, so it’s a season I’m really looking forward to.

“I had half a season on loan in League Two, which was a good test for me, and I feel ready to make that step up now. League One is the perfect platform for me to go and perform on.”

Walton has enjoyed loan spells with Plymouth Argyle, Bury, Luton Town and Southend United in recent seasons, and he believes the experiences have been crucial to his development as a goalkeeper.

“For any young player, it’s a major thing to get out and play league football. You experience so many different things, from the stadiums to the managers, it all adds to the experience.

“I’ve come forward massive amounts, which has largely been down to going out on loan and playing games - the loan spells have been vital.

“I just want to do everything I can to get the number one spot at Brighton, so hopefully these loan moves will stand me in unbelievable stead to complete my dream of being a number one in the Premier League.”

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