Date: 25th June 2016 at 3:13pm
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Christian Walton will work with his former Brighton coach Nathan Jones next season as he’s joined Luton on loan.

Walton, who will benefit from regular football week-in-week-out, has joined Luton on a season-long loan deal.

He had loans with Bury and Plymouth last season.

Initially Walton came through the Plymouth youth system before coming to Brighton but he didn’t make a single first-team appearance for Albion last season, which he’ll do regularly at Kenilworth Road next term.

The 12-times capped England international, from U19-U21 level, made his first-team debut for Brighton in 2014 a year after his arrival at the Amex Stadium from Plymouth.

Chris Hughton’s told the Official Website he’s still very confident in the future Walton will have with this move mutually beneficial.

‘Christian is an excellent young goalkeeper and this move is a great chance for him to go and play senior football under a manager he knows well. It’s a move which is a good one for all parties involved. Christian wants to play week-in, week-out in order to continue his development, and it`s something he needs at his age, but with the goalkeepers we have at the club it’s not something we can offer him in the coming season.’

Adding working with his former Brighton coach Jones will ‘serve him well.’

‘However, we know Christian has all the attributes to become a top goalkeeper and a season playing under Nathan’s watch at Luton will serve him well and help him to continue to progress.’

One of those ahead of him for a first-team place is David Stockdale.

He’s, also on the Official Website, spoken about the season opener against Derby.

‘It will be a tough first game; we started the past two seasons with home games and got off to a great start last year. There`s no better way to test ourselves than Derby first. It`s always been a good game at their place and I`m sure it will be the same again. They`re a great side and have got a good manager as well. They will be going for it again. It`s always a hard place to go, but it`s a great place to go.’

He’s also went on to talk about the meetings with Newcastle before August is out and the first even meeting with Burton in September as matches he’s looking out for.

Ahead of all of that though we’ve got pre-season training and the first friendly, which comes against Crawley on Saturday 16th July with him adding this is where his main focus is at the moment.

‘We`re all excited whoever we play. We just want to get back and play our friendly games now. We can`t wait for the season to start and we don`t want to pick up any injuries between now and then. We`ll be raring to go and it`ll be nice to see everyone when we get back.’

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