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Keeper Walton Set For Medical
Monday, 30th Aug 2021 09:31

Brighton keeper Christian Walton is reportedly set to undergo a medical at Town today, the clubs having agreed terms on a deal.

According to Football Insider, Walton will be at the club today for his medical and to complete the formalities relating to his switch.

Initial reports suggested it was a permanent move but it is now understood to be a loan.

News that the 25-year-old was being targeted by Town emerged yesterday with a number of Championship clubs, including Nottingham Forest and Derby, also understood to have been chasing his signature.

Walton was widely tipped to be on Town’s radar this summer having played for Paul Cook during a loan spell at Wigan Athletic during their 2017/18 League One title-winning campaign and also the following season in the Championship.

Town were always expected to sign two keepers during this transfer window with Cook believed to have told both David Cornell - who is now with Peterborough - and Tomas Holy they could move on.

Vaclav Hladky was signed from Salford in June and has played every League One game so far but has had a difficult start to his time with the Blues.

Wadebridge-born Walton, who is 6ft 5in tall, was a schoolboy with Plymouth’s academy before moving on to the youth set-up at Brighton.

A former England U19, U20 and U21 international, Walton has made six starts for the Seagulls and has had spells on loan with Bury, back with the Pilgrims, Luton, Southend and Blackburn in addition to his time with the Latics.

As well as working with Cook at Wigan, Town keeper-coach John Keeley previously spent time in the same role with Brighton's academy.

Walton and Bersant Celina, who TWTD revealed earlier is set to sign on loan, will become the club's 17th and 18th additions of the summer.

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buzbyblue added 09:31 - Aug 30
Excellent news, bonus we now have 2 clear weeks for some hard training, especially defending!

threescousers added 09:39 - Aug 30
why did we sign Hladky?

WhoisJimmyJuan added 09:40 - Aug 30
Welcome news. But I can't help being concerned that Cooks judgement failed him over Hladky. Hope I'm wrong going forward on this.

threescousers added 09:40 - Aug 30
we need matches not sitting around at the training ground

BlueandTruesince82 added 09:42 - Aug 30
We signed Hdlasky because we ways needed 2 new keepers... no issue with that.

Walton is a really good signing. Hope we have an option

BlueandTruesince82 added 09:45 - Aug 30
Just seen its the last year of his contract so hopefully next year we can sign him for free once he's settled

Edmundo added 09:49 - Aug 30
Those in SBR may have noticed Holy doing a lap at the end on Saturday... this was probably his last match, expecting him to be moved on tonight or tomorrow.
Glad to see we have a proper number 1. Hladky is the opposite of a quality keeper: as opposed to "he makes a world class save a game" I was feeling like he'd make a costly error once a game. Hopefully he comes good with a break from the pressure of being number 1 though.

Reuserscurtains added 09:55 - Aug 30
5 games have passed, we are identifying the signings who have underperformed or areas that need strengthening and sorting it. This is a new era
Welcome, Walton

timkatieadamitfc added 10:06 - Aug 30
Walton wasn’t available when we signed hladky as Brighton said they weren’t going to sell, but have since told him he can go.
Signing keeper who wAs voted best keeper in league 2 last year looked a good signing at the time, and don’t think many people minded at the time.
Great signing if this happens

Michael101 added 10:19 - Aug 30
Think we will see quite a few players shipped out soon ,gave away of have there contracts
ripped up we have a lot of players . We don't need any more

TimmyH added 10:31 - Aug 30
Once again one of the players which has played under PC (at Wigan in the Championship) but he must be better than Hladky whom looks like league 2 standard. Welcome Christian and no seal impressions please! :)

jayceee added 10:33 - Aug 30
I hate to say it, but this is my problem and has always been with Cook: He does not do a good job of elevating player confidence - that is part of a managers role... he certainly has never come across to me himself as confident from the day he arrived and that will rub off on some players too.

MickMillsTash added 10:36 - Aug 30
Will Holy leave now ?
If after 5 games we are shipping out Hladcky what do we after 20+ of Cook ?
We had 1 week of training and put in the worst performance of the season. Now we have 2 weeks to sort things out - a week of pre-season running seems to be in order for many.

BlueRuin69 added 10:44 - Aug 30
Fantastic, the upgrade continues. Coyb

ArnieM added 10:55 - Aug 30
Excellent signing , and was always in the Club’s plans. This will give Hladky a chance to settle 8nto life at a higher level, more gradually. He doesn’t become a bad GK overnight and clearly has some decent stock, but it’s been a huge step up for him. He just needs time to settle in. Walton will be number 1 for foreseeable future now I feel.

As for Celina , get in there . …We Just need that defensive midfielder now and I think we will settle down and results will come.

chepstowblue added 11:06 - Aug 30
Cook's judgement appears to be as bad as the rest of us on here. When Hladky signed people rejoiced,spouting stats about clean sheets and MOTM awards, and now we can't wait to get him out of the side. This season could soon spiral into Keystone cops/farcical territory. We've brought in some very talented players, of that there's no doubt, but the squad is now swimming in confusion. Replacing the replacements is a sure sign of papering over cracks,and not really knowing what you're doing.

dirtydingusmagee added 11:09 - Aug 30
MickMillsTash , it dosnt say anything about shipping out Hladky, it is probable that Holy will be moving on .

blues1 added 11:15 - Aug 30
Edmindo. Just typical of a certain section of our fans. The guys made 1 mistake, on saturday and fans like u are slagging him off. I know his positioning can be questioned for the free kick last week. But you watch any keeper, at any club, and they all position themselves as he did. Just seems to be the way keepers do it. Personally think they should stand more central in the goal. Then take 8into account he kept 26 clean sheets last season. And the fact that when Salford signed him, he was wanted by Juventus. Hardly a crap keeper as u suggesting. Yes, he hasnt looked totally confident. But saturday was the 1st time hed played behind the same defence for 2 consecutive games. Sure once we get a settled defence he'd become more comfortable. Having said that, I'm happy we're signing Walton. Will help Hladky as well as the team in sure.

rgp1 added 11:20 - Aug 30
Spot on Chepstow Blue! Some need to smell the coffee as it appears Cook is given free hit after hit. Let's not forget we are in the relegation zone in Division 3! And as a couple of posters said by 5pm on Saturday we could be bottom!

blues1 added 11:21 - Aug 30
Timmyh. Hladky is a good keeper. 26 clean sheets last season. And I know ull say but that was in lge1. Si what. Goalkeeping doesnt alter that much between the divisions. And if as u say hes lge2 standard, why did Juventus want to sign him prior to him going to Salford? I agree he hasntclooked comfortable so far but has only actually made the 1 error on saturday. And has saved us on a few occasions too. But it isnt easy to play behind a different defence every week. Sure once the defence gets more settled he become more confident. But yes, this is a good signing. Shame it's a loan but maybe that will turn out better for us as could sign him on a free next season

ElephantintheRoom added 11:28 - Aug 30
A skip load of loaned-in rejects from elsewhere and still supporters are drooling. How odd - especially when they were thrilled that the Cookster kicked out Town's adequate goalies to make room for someone worse. Some would say it's getting a bit embarrassing - or rather a bit more ambarrassing than it already was. Maybe those american pretend owners can break the mould and loan in a manager too. Ted Lasso might be available

Linkboy13 added 11:40 - Aug 30
Two of our best players have been loans Bonne and Coulson. Both look as though they want to play for the club showing great attitude and desire to wear the blue shirt.

Europablue added 11:43 - Aug 30
I'm disappointed by the results, but the league position is meaningless. A lot of people including me have been saying to judge the table after ten games, and I'm not about to change my tune just because we've got a terrible return on points from 5 matches. We have the same number of goals as Sunderland at the top of the league, so it doesn't take a magician to notice that it's the leaky defense that is the problem. Anyone who has been paying attention and actually watched some matches would agree that we look much more of a threat going forward (this is borne out by the stats) and very much more entertaining. Our defence hadn't even looked that bad prior to this last weekend as most of the goals were terrible individual errors and Burgess has been a great addition with Edmunson looking like a good prospect when he's fit.
So all in all, we have not been good enough, but all the signs are there that we will turn the corner. The question is, will we have too much ground to make up when that happens? Anyway, after almost a decade with nothing to shout about, I'm happy to see that we are moving in the right direction.

blues1 added 12:15 - Aug 30
Rgp1. Get a grip. Lge position at this stage of the season means sod all. Under burley, one season we were bottom at xmas. Ended up in the play offs. Under royle, we were bottom at xmas. Missed out on playoffs by 1 point. Last season blackpool were 23rd in October. Oxford 18th. Both ended up in the playoffs, blackpool ultimately promoted. Absolutely no reason why that couldnt happen again. But I tell u now, it wont if our fans dont stop all the negativity, especially in the ground. Bcse that negativity will filter through to the players. And once that happens, their confidence will go, performances will stop and then we will be in trouble. So if fans wont get behind them then dont go.

DavefromWatford added 12:27 - Aug 30
As a keeper myself many years ago i can assure the doubters that Hladky was in the correct position for that free kick. Take another look and see how far the wall jumped, they were covering that side of the goal. You have to give credit to the scorer for a well taken free kick.

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