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24 June 2016

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New signing aiming for promotion and 40-plus games with Hatters

New signing Christian Walton has spoken of his determination to leave a lasting legacy from his season-long loan at Luton Town – by helping the Hatters to promotion from Sky Bet League Two.

The 20-year-old has experience of playing in the Championship for parent club Brighton & Hove Albion, as well as appearing six times for League One Bury and four times for League Two play-off finalists Plymouth Argyle during loan spells last term.

The England Under-21 squad member told he has two main aims during his time at Kenilworth Road – to gain valuable game time to aid his own career and help the Town progress to a higher level.

Walton, who worked under Nathan Jones for three years when the Hatters boss was a coach at Brighton, said: “Last year it was great to go out to Bury and I was really enjoying League One football, but I got injured and was understandably disappointed.

“But as happens in football, it turned around completely before Christmas when the chance arose to go back to Plymouth and I played a few games there, which was valuable experience.

“Game time for any young footballer is vital, especially for a goalkeeper. Whatever level it is at, it’s about playing matches because that’s how you learn.

“I know from following the game for so long how big a club Luton is, and how they fell into the Conference but thankfully managed to get back into the League and re-establish themselves in League Two.

“My aim now is to push on and please the fans who have been so loyal and have always turned up in great numbers every week. I’ve been told how passionate they are, both by Nathan and Glen Rea, and I am looking forward to playing in front of them.”

Asked what his ambitions are his year as a Hatter, Walton said: “First, hopefully getting promoted back towards where Luton Town belong, in a higher division.

“And I’d like to go back to Brighton with 40-plus matches under my belt, having developed as a player while helping Luton to success at the same time.”

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