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"It was a very easy decision for me" - Walker

Goalkeeper wants to challenge for first team spot this season

26 July 2018

Sam Walker says he is here to push hard for a place in the Royals' line-up this season, after signing for the club on a three-year deal on Wednesday.

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Sam Walker signs for the Royals

25 July 2018

The former Colchester United goalkeeper, 26, links up with Paul Clement once more - with the Reading boss having coached him as a youngster at Chelsea!

With more than 250 Football League appearances to his name already, Walker brings plenty of experience for a young goalkeeper - something he hopes to translate into a competitive environment among our stoppers.

Speaking on iFollow for the first time, he said: “I made the conscious decision to turn down the contract at Colchester and I wanted to go and challenge myself, ideally at a higher level.

“It’s worked out really well for me to come to a club such as this – a massive club with a lot of history and big ambitions, and I’m really pleased to be here.

“It feels like a while ago now but Paul Clement was my Youth Team coach for a period of time and then reserve team coach at Chelsea!

“He obviously went on to work with the first team, I did a bit with him there as well. It was a long time ago but we’ve had a few conversations over the phone, and I’m really looking forward to catching up and working with him again.

“The club very much speaks for itself with the facilities they’ve got at the stadium and down at the training ground. With the ambitions of the club as well, it’s a big club with big ambitions to get back to challenging towards the top end of the Championship and, ultimately, the Premier League.

“It was a very easy decision for me to come down here and join Reading.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to work with Dave Beasant (goalkeeping coach) already, albeit for a few months while I was on loan at Bristol Rovers earlier in my career.

“I’m very much looking forward to getting in and getting down to business really, meeting Vito and the other goalkeepers, learning what I can from them and having my input as well."

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🎥 iFollow | Sam Walker's first interview

25 July 2018

Having won the FA Youth Cup as a youngster, Walker was pro-active in trying to advance his career from a young age, and build up a bank of experience to help him in his career.

“I made a conscious decision as a younger man, when I was about 18 or 19, that I wanted to go out and get my experience, get my games," he elaborated. "I feel like a bit of an old man with the amount of games that I’ve played in the Football League.

“In terms of age still, at 26 I still have a lot ahead of me and a lot I want to achieve. This is why I wanted to come and test myself at the higher level and see where it takes me.

“It’s going to be a different situation for me, I’m used to playing week in week out. Every week that I’ve been fit, I’ve played a lot of games at Colchester so it’s going to be a different situation for me, one that I’m looking forward to, actually.

“Working with Vito, pushing each other and challenging like the rest of the other goalkeepers, I just can’t wait to get started.

“I’ve come to a higher level to challenge myself with and against better players. We’ve had plenty of games at Colchester where we’ve played against higher level opposition, played against Reading in the League Cup a few years ago actually!

“When I was at Chelsea as a youngster, playing and training with those top-level players, you can learn from them and that’s certainly something I’m looking to do here.

“The bit I’m looking forward to most is getting in, getting down to business and having that first training session, meeting all the lads.

“I do know a couple of them, I played with Callum Harriott a few years ago when he was on loan at Colchester, and John Swift who’s a little bit younger than me but I know him from my time at Chelsea.

“I’m looking forward to catching up with them and, like I say, seeing all the lads.”     


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