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WALTON EXCITED FOR WIGAN RETURN

30 November 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Albion goalkeeper Christian Walton.

Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Christian Walton is looking forward to staking a claim for the first-team number one spot at loan club Wigan Athletic, to whom he returns to next week.

The Seagulls’ stopper has been out through injury since damaging his ankle in an open training session, but played his second under-23 game against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the 1-1 draw at the Checkatrade.com Stadium on Monday evening.

He said: “I’ve been playing with the side here after a tough period out and it’s good to be back out on the field - now I’m looking forward to heading back up to Wigan.

“They’re doing well at the moment and are top of the league, so it’ll be a challenge to get back into the team but I’m excited for it.”

Walton was part of the Luton Town side who finished 4th in League Two last year, losing in the play-off semi-finals to Blackpool in May, and he insisted the Latics have similar ambitions in the division above.

“I was at Luton last year where promotion was the aim and it’s the same now at the DW Stadium.

“It’s a great club that’s well run and the manager has great experience in the Football League with two promotions, so it’s brilliant for my development.

“Promotion has to be the aim because they’ve got a great squad there, so hopefully we can kick on after Christmas and get back up into a higher division.”

Since the freak injury in September, the goalkeeper has been working with Ben Roberts as well as the first-team stoppers and he spoke highly of his experience of being back down in Sussex.

“I’ve been involved with the first team here every day which has been a great experience for me because I’m in an environment with Premier league players now.

“I’ve been working with Ben every day and he pushes all the keepers to the best of their ability.

“I’ll have a chat with Chris Hughton this week before I go back and then I’ll look to hit the ground running up there.”


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