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Friends reunited...

Christian Walton will take to the field against one of his former clubs later today

28 September 2019

One of his best friends is captain of today's opponents and he also enjoyed a half-season loan at Luton Town, but Christian Walton insists there will be no old pals act later today.

The Rovers number one spent the first half of the 2016-17 campaign on loan with The Hatters, representing the Bedfordshire-based side on 33 occasions before returning to parent club Brighton & Hove Albion.

The 23-year-old is expected to line up against Town later on this afternoon and, with it, come face to face with some old friends, who remain with the visitors from his spell there.

One who won't feature is Glen Rea, who Walton openly admits is one of his best mates, with the 25-year-old out through injury.

And ahead of today's clash, the goalkeeper says he only has fond memories from his stint at Kenilworth Road.

“It's a team who I still follow closely having spent time there earlier in my career.

“I know it will be tough, as they all are at this level. We'll disrespect nobody. Luton are a good team who score goals and have competition, a little bit like us, up front.

“I really enjoyed my time at Luton, working under Nathan Jones, who's now the Stoke manager. There are people still at the club from my time there.

“He brought a great vibe to the club, brought in players he knew and players that would work hard for the team.

“It's a great story for them to register back-to-back promotions and it's brilliant for the fans there as well.

“The fanbase is excellent there and I'm sure they'll be bringing plenty of them to Ewood Park," he added.

And whilst Walton won't be underestimating The Hatters, he says that Rovers' camp is a buoyant one after back-to-back victories in September.

“With how well we've done in the last few games, we're positive and confident going into games, and we want to pick up six points from these two upcoming home games.

“We know it will be another tough test against a team who are new to the division.

“Tosin's come in from Man City and has been a good addition, whilst the whole of the back four have been excellent in recent weeks. We want to keep it going as it's a good relationship among all of us.

“West Brom aside, we've been really positive defensively. We did well last time at Ewood against Millwall to combat their physical threat at times."


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