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Town Linked With Former Colchester Keeper Walker
Tuesday, 21st Jun 2022 20:24

Town and St Johnstone are reported to be showing interest in Kilmarnock keeper Sam Walker.

According to Football Scotland, the Blues and Scottish Premiership Saints are keen on the 30-year-old, who joined Killie last summer from Reading and has another year left on his contract.

Walker was a Town season ticket holder as a child and played alongside Blues keeper-coach Rene Gilmartin at Colchester United where he spent five years, initially on loan from Chelsea before joining on a permanent basis, and where he was managed by Town U23s coach John McGreal.

In July 2018 he moved to Reading from the U’s and, having had loans at Blackpool and AFC Wimbledon, he signed for Kilmarnock a year ago.

Prior to this time with Colchester the 6ft 6in tall keeper had stints on loan with Barnet, Northampton, Yeovil and Bristol Rovers.

Having made only eight cup starts and one league sub appearance last season, Walker seems likely to leave Rugby Park this summer with Killie having re-signed last year’s first choice Zach Hemming on loan from Middlesbrough.

Town look set to be in the market for another keeper to come as back-up to Christian Walton with Vaclav Hladky expected to move on with Aberdeen, who are managed by his former St Mirren boss Jim Goodwin, having been linked on a number of occasions.

Meanwhile, Cauley Woodrow, who TWTD understands was among the strikers being under consideration by the Blues this summer, has rejoined Luton Town, the club where the 27-year-old started his career, from Barnsley.


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Suffolkboy added 20:42 - Jun 21
It’s that interesting time , isn’t it ?
COYB
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ChateauWines added 22:14 - Jun 21
I remember him being great sport in pre season friendly with us singing sign him up. Good keeper
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SuperBlue69 added 22:30 - Jun 21
I played in goal at school 30 years ago..£300 a week and I will consider keeping the
bench warm and will also make statements like..”I’m here to push for the No1 position” and “I believe I am good enough to challenge Walton”.
Thanks
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SuperBlue69 added 22:30 - Jun 21
I played in goal at school 30 years ago..£300 a week and I will consider keeping the
bench warm and will also make statements like..”I’m here to push for the No1 position” and “I believe I am good enough to challenge Walton”.
Thanks
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algarvefan added 23:19 - Jun 21
SuperBlue69, so what, I played in goal for the largest school in Europe (at that time) 50 years ago and will consider keeping the bench warm too, I don't want any cash but I'd like a deckchair for when selected to play and a fleece blanket to keep the cold out, free coffee and/or Bovril and a rub down with a wet Sporting Life after each game. Oh and I'm good at conkers too!
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Michael101 added 23:24 - Jun 21
Algarve fan, you missed out rock ,paper, scissors.that's very important
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Cakeman added 06:56 - Jun 22
Nothing against Sam Walker as I think he would be good back-up but and it’s only speculation at this time I don’t understand why we never give any of our young keepers a chance. I cannot think of any recent academy ones that have even made the bench. Certainly not for a league game.
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brendenward35 added 08:00 - Jun 22
I agree with cakeman Sunderland good example had a very young keeper in goal and he grew with experience so personally I'd rather see a youngster pushing Walton
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markchips added 08:46 - Jun 22
Get Lee Grant registered and sell Hladzy. Put the fee and wages towards a top goalscorer.
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SouperJim added 08:52 - Jun 22
Not discounting the idea of promoting a younger keeper out of hand, but you've got to consider that goalkeeper is the most important position on the pitch. You want someone who is realistically going to push the no1 in training, and do a solid job on the odd occassion they are called upon (or heaven forbid are actually needed for a spell due to the injury to the no1). There aren't too many substitues for experience so if a youngster was going to do it, I'd want them to be very talented and really have the confidence of the coaching staff. Do we have anyone who fits the bill?

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JewellintheTown added 09:05 - Jun 22
I bet we wished we'd given Nick Pope a decent chance when he was a youngster here. Then again, his journey after here is what made him what he is today. If he'd stayed here, that might never have happened.
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blues1 added 09:12 - Jun 22
CKeman. We had one of our young keepers on the bench this last season. Cant remeber which game it was mind you. But my guess as to why we dont see that more often, is that theyre simply not good enough or ready for that. Let's face it, we havent seen any of our young keepers I recent years, going elsewhere in lge football, have we? And font say Pope. That was years ago that he was here.
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Cakeman added 09:42 - Jun 22
blues1 fully understand/respect your view but the young keepers need to be given exposure to league football at some point. If not they will drift out of the game passing the the likes of Lowestoft and Kings Lynn on their route.
It is a balancing act but I think our club whilst promoting a strong academy need to look long and hard about using the players that go through it.
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Linkboy13 added 09:47 - Jun 22
Always makes me chuckle when people on here say play the youngsters regardless if they are good enough or not. I think the coaching staff at the club are more qualified than us to make that judgement. We dont produce the standard of young players we did when Bobby Robson was in charge who could go straight into the first team.
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blues1 added 10:35 - Jun 22
Cakeman.yes, I agree with ur point. But if they're dither not ready or not good enough, u cannot take that risk. Not with a goalkeeper, at any rate.
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dirtydingusmagee added 14:52 - Jun 22
i dont care, i just want to know who will be our goal machine ,
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Linkboy13 added 17:43 - Jun 22
By all accounts a good keeper but would he be prepared to play second fiddle to Walton who is in my opinion the best keeper in league one by some distance.
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