Reading goalkeeper Sam Walker has today joined Sky Bet League One side Blackpool on a seven-day emergency loan, and will be available to play in the Seasiders’ next two games over the festive period.
EFL rules allow clubs to sign goalkeepers on an emergency loan basis for a week-long period from other clubs, should all other senior goalies be unavailable to play through injury or suspension.
Earlier in the season, it was Exeter City who took fellow member of the goalkeepers’ union Jökull Andrésson on loan – a deal which was renewed on a number of occasions until the Grecians had another option available.
And now Blackpool – who signed Teddy Howe from the Royals in January – have acquired Walker’s services for an initial seven days, which covers two fixtures.
First up for Walker and his squad-mates on Boxing Day is a visit from a Rochdale team which includes former Royals skipper Paul McShane in the squad, and then it’s a trip on December 29th to Shrewsbury Town, where ex-Reading midfielder Dave Edwards now plays.
The loan deal is subject to the usual ratification by the relevant football authorities.