Ipswich Town sign goalkeeper Christian Walton on season-long loan from Premier League Brighton & Hove Albion
Manager Paul Cook is taking no chances with Ipswich Town's poor defensive record continuing to hamper their winless start to the Sky Bet League One season, having secured Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Christian Walton on loan until the end of the season.
The 25-year-old England Under-21s-capped player has become Town's 17th summer signing, having completed his medical and put pen to paper on the loan move at Portman Road earlier today.
It sees 6ft 4in Walton reunited with Cook, who had him as his loan goalkeeper as Wigan Athletic won the League One title in 2017/18 before he returned the following campaign to help the Latics avoid relegation from the Championship.
His arrival in Suffolk comes after concerns about the start fellow summer recruit Václav Hladký has made, with the former Salford 'keeper having conceded two goals in each of his five games since taking the number one shirt.
Walton, born in Wadebridge, Cornwall, started his career at Plymouth Argyle rising through ranks before being named as an unused substitute three days after his 16th birthday in an FA Cup tie at home to Stourbridge.
In 2014 he joined then Championship outfit Brighton, where he made his debut for the club in the League Cup against Tottenham Hotspur in October that year.
Loan spells followed at Bury, Plymouth, Luton, and Southend before Walton linked up with Cook's Wigan for a successful two-season spell in July 2017.
Walton was an ever present in the Championship on loan to Blackburn Roves in 2019/20, as Tony Mowbray's side secured a mid-table finish.
Last season he stayed with parent club Brighton where he featured twice in the FA Cup, and on the international front he has represented England at U19, U20 and U21 level.
Now he is hoping to shine under Cook's management once again, ahead of his contract at Brighton being set to expire at the end of the current season.
“I’m really pleased to be here,” he told iFollow Ipswich.
“I’ve not met the lads yet but I’m looking forward to working with the group.
“The gaffer has put together a strong squad and I have good experience at this level so I’m hoping I can bring that to the challenge.”
Meanwhile, Cook said: “I know Christian very well.
“He’s a commanding goalkeeper, a great lad and he’s got experience at Championship and League One level. I’m absolutely delighted that we have acquired him.”
With Town's previously scheduled game at Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday having now been postponed due to international call-ups, Cook has an opportunity for a two-week spell on the training ground with his new-look squad.