Date: 29th May 2017 at 8:20pm
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Young goalkeeper Christian Walton has reflected on the additional game time and experience he got out at Southend United this campaign.

The 21 year old was drafted in on an emergency goalkeeper basis with Southend’s professional goalkeepers all suffering injury, and he made seven appearances for Phil Brown’s side as 2016/17 came to a close.

Having also spent some time out with Luton Town during the year, he told the Official Site that the additional game time had certainly been of benefit to him and he’d been pleased with his contribution at Roots Hall, despite the strangeness of the situation.

‘It was really good for what I needed, which was game time. It went really well, obviously we missed out on the play-offs by a point, but overall the experience was very good. I found out on the Friday morning that I was going there and then played on the Saturday, so I didn`t really have much time to think about what was going on. However, because of the situation with the goalkeepers, I knew I`d be staying until the end of the season, even though the loan deal couldn’t be longer than seven days at a time.’

He went on to add.

‘You`ve got to be as relaxed as you can and I kept a clean sheet in my first start v Oldham. The Bolton game after my debut was the most memorable though, as I was named man of the match, even though we just lost in the 90th minute. It was also brilliant to pick up Southend`s player of the month award during for the time I was there too.’

With Southend manager Phil Brown taking the club into seventh place in the League One table, Walton went on to say that another loan spell next season would definitely be beneficial to his development.

‘He`s an experienced manager that`s done well at the club. He got them promoted from League Two and they`ve got a solid team in League One now. It was brilliant to work under him and I really enjoyed it. We did everything we could on the final day, but Millwall got the win they needed. It was disappointing, but at the same time it was good to finish the season with a win.’

Adding.

‘I now want to come back or get another season out on loan somewhere. Ideally, I`d like to go out on loan, get some game time and come back here to compete.’

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