Christian Walton delighted to be back at the DW Stadium after successful 2017-18 loan spell.
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- Walton: “It was a no-brainer really because we had some great nights of football last year; the Man City game was obviously a massive highlight and then the Oxford game at home to get the vital three points that took us clear, so it’s things like that that will live long in the memory.”
Christian Walton spoke exclusively to iFollow Latics after he agreed a deal to re-sign with the club for the 2018-19 season, on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion.
Walton, 22, was an integral part of the success Latics achieved in 2017-18 and was desperate to continue his spell at the DW as he continues his progression towards a future Premier League career.
Speaking to iFollow Latics at Euxton on Friday, Walton said:
“I’m obviously absolutely delighted to be back. The season didn’t start well for me last year by getting injured so early on but coming back in December and kicking on for the remainder of the season was unbelievable. It was a great season individually and collectively, so I’m really looking forward to the challenge of Championship football.
“Coming back here means I don’t need to settle in with a new team and get to know another group of lads, staff and fans, so it’ll be an easy transition for me.
“It was such a good season for everyone last year and I’ve got lots of good memories and great relationships with the players and the fans at the club. It was a no-brainer really because we had some great nights of football last year; the Man City game was obviously a massive highlight and then the Oxford game at home to get the vital three points that took us clear, so it’s things like that that will live long in the memory.
“This is a great club right the way from the fans to the people who work here. Working week in week out with goalkeeping coach Nick Colgan and the other keepers at the club again will be great because we have a close-knit group here so I’m looking forward to that.”
Walton has featured for his parent club Brighton in the past but was out on loan throughout their stay in the Premier League last season.
The top-flight, though, is where his sights are set.
“The main aim in my career is to play Premier League football as it is most lads I’m sure, so going back to Brighton and being number one there is my aim,” Walton added.
“This will be a good season for me to go from League One to the Championship. I’ll have played in League Two, League One and the Championship then so the ultimate progression is Premier League football.”
Latics’ 2018-19 Sky Bet Championship fixtures were released on Thursday and Walton says Fixture Release Day only builds the excitement for the new campaign.
“Everyone looks forward to the first game of the season and we’ll be playing some big teams this year so it’s going to be a great season for everyone, especially the fans who will be going to some big grounds.
“It’ll be a really good test for us and we’ll be playing in front of a lot more people than in League One and at stadiums steeped with lots of history.”