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Ipswich Town boss Kieran McKenna says the club 'hope something can be done' to keep Christian Walton at Portman Road



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Ipswich Town boss Kieran McKenna said the club 'hope something can be done' to keep Christian Walton at Portman Road.

Speaking ahead of the trip to Gillingham on Saturday, McKenna said discussions were currently ongoing as they bid to keep the 26-year-old in Suffolk.

It was revealed earlier this week that the club are exploring the option of signing Walton permanently.

Ipswich Town goalkeeper Christian Walton. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Ipswich Town goalkeeper Christian Walton. Picture: Barry Goodwin

"I think that is something the club are working on," he said. "Obviously I am not involved with negotiations and discussions on the front line.

"Christian has been fantastic for the club. He has had a really good season; he is a really top goalkeeper and still got potential to improve. We feel like he can grow again and over the next few years bring his game to another level.

"He is a player that we really like, and he is a player that we would like to be here. The club are discussing with Brighton and Christian at the moment, and we hope that something can be done there."

Christian Walton in action against Crewe Alexandra. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Christian Walton in action against Crewe Alexandra. Picture: Barry Goodwin

The Ipswich boss has lost one player already this window, with Louie Barry returning to Aston Villa after he was recalled by the Premier League side.

McKenna said despite the limited game time the 18-year-old had during his six-month spell, both the club and Barry saw it as a successful loan spell.

"I said in one of my previous interviews I knew Louie from being a young player growing up. I knew what a talent he was obviously seeing him for Aston Villa over the last year or so," the town boss said.

"It was just something that we looked at with the squad and we had a conversation with Louie. He had an injury issue when I came in and had some illness issues as well, so he has missed some football.

"He hasn't played as many minutes as what he would have hoped for, but I really feel - and he felt having spoken to him - that he has had a really good experience overall.

"We both came to an agreement speaking to him that he has had a great experience, and he is very grateful to the club for the club for giving him that opportunity."