Date: 22nd June 2018 at 7:09pm
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Earlier this afternoon speculation surfaced that young goalkeeper Christian Walton could be destined for a return to Wigan Athletic for another season-long loan spell.

He made the loan out to them last summer and the 22-year-old went on to make 35 League One appearances for the side as they worked their way into top spot in the division to take the title and secure promotion into the Championship for the season of 2018/19.

That speculation came to pass on Friday and although there is a recall option that comes into play during the January transfer window, he will most likely be with them for the campaign and it’ll be a good step up for him in the second tier of the professional game.

Manager Chris Hughton told the Official Site as confirmation of the loan was announced that once Wigan firmed up their interest in taking back for a second year it was really a no-brainer from our point of view when it came to game time and his further development.

“This loan move is one which benefits both clubs and the player. It allows Christian to return to a club he knows well, and he will be able to gain regular game time in a very competitive Championship division. Christian played a huge part in helping Wigan to achieve promotion – an experience which will stand him in a good stead at an early stage in his career.”

It will be his sixth loan spell away from the Amex Stadium in recent years and he continues to make excellent progress.

Fans are obviously pleased for him, and despite the recent signing of Jason Steele, many have wondered if the January recall clause could be key in many ways owing to the expected departure of Maty Ryan on international duty that month. Regular game time first, then a major step up to Premier League action?