Date of birth
Goalkeeper Sam Walker completed a move to Madejski Stadium in the summer of 2018, penning a three-year deal with the Royals after leaving Colchester United.
The former Chelsea youngster was brought to the club by manager Paul Clement; Walker had previously worked with him as a young goalkeeper at Stamford Bridge.
He arrived with 279 senior starts next to his name on a CV, which begins with an FA Youth Cup win over Aston Villa in 2010. The 6’6” stopper’s professional debut came two days into a loan spell with Barnet when he played the full 90 minutes in a draw with Chesterfield at Underhill.
A loan stint at Northampton Town followed – Walker earning a clean sheet on debut in a goalless affair with Accrington Stanley – before spells with League One’s Yeovil Town and League Two outfit Bristol Rovers.
He returned to United for the first half of the 2013-14 campaign and made his move to Colchester permanent in January 2014. Despite playing only once during a 2015-16 campaign which was halted by a long-term knee injury, Walker came back stronger and commanded the no.1 shirt to start every league game the following season.
In 2017-18, Sam played 47 times across a campaign which saw United finish in 13th place in League Two. His contract at Colchester at an end, Walker was in high demand over the summer – but opted to commit his future to the Royals.