England youth international arrives at the DW Stadium for a second consecutive season after successful campaign in 2017-18.
- Goalkeeper Christian Walton has re-joined Wigan Athletic on a season-long loan from Brighton & Hove Albion
- Walton, 22, won the Sky Bet League One Golden Glove and produced a number of memorable performances in debut campaign at the DW in 2017-18
- Walton kept 19 clean sheets in 31 Sky Bet League One games last season to secure the Golden Glove award.
Wigan Athletic are delighted to confirm that goalkeeper Christian Walton has re-joined Latics on a season-long loan from Brighton & Hove Albion.
The 22-year-old, who has won England youth international honours, was a key figure in Paul Cook’s Sky Bet League One title-winning side of 2017-18, winning the division’s Golden Glove award for the 19 clean sheets he kept in the 31 league games he featured in.
Walton also produced a number of memorable saves in our 1-0 win over Manchester City in the Fifth Round of the Emirates FA Cup, whilst also throwing himself into the national spotlight when he produced a remarkable penalty save from Manolo Gabbiadini in the quarter-final with Southampton.
The former Plymouth Argyle stopper will now return to Brighton for two weeks of pre-season testing before arriving back with Latics ahead of their warm-weather training camp in Spain in mid-July.
Speaking about securing Walton for another season, Latics boss Paul Cook said:
“This was a move we wanted to get done early and obviously prioritised in our recruitment.
“Christian and Jamie Jones were excellent for us last season and to have those two competing for the number one spot against is perfect.
“The move makes great sense for Christian’s development too as he can tackle the Championship in a club where he knows the environment already.
“We’re all getting excited for the season to start now and this was the next piece of the jigsaw we wanted to complete.”