Walton Talks Brighton Extension & Wigan Loan
Young goalkeeper Christian Walton has been giving his thoughts about his new Brighton contract and his departure to Wigan on a loan spell.
Earlier this week negotiations were completed on his new four year deal and it was promptly signed tying him to the club for the next few years and manager Chris Hughton at the announcement of his new deal spoke about how his immediate future would lie away from the club.
That came to pass quickly with yesterday's announcement that he had made the move to Wigan Athletic on a season long loan deal, and the 21 year old has now been giving his thoughts on what has turned into an eventful week for him.
Speaking to the Official Site with the terms of his loan deal done, Walton said such a long contract was ideal for him as he knuckled down and continued his development as ultimately he wants the number one shirt at the Amex.
The 21 year old explained.
'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.'
Making the move to Wigan, they were relegated into League One last season and appointed promoted Portsmouth manager Paul Cook as their new gaffer and Walton admitted the deal was on the cards for a while.
'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.'
Walton went on to say.
'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.'
With a number of loan spells to his name now, having spent time at Plymouth Argyle, Bury, Luton Town and Southend United in the last few years, the young stopper said it had been perfect for him getting the game time he had done.
'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.'