Christian's Pilgrimage Home

DEREK Adams has gone back to the future to find goalkeeping cover for injured goalkeeper Luke McCormick.

The Pilgrims’ manager has borrowed Brighton & Hove Albion’s former Pilgrims custodian Christian Walton.

The 20-year-old Cornishman, who returns to Home Park on loan until January, is a product of the Argyle Academy.

Truro-born Christian had been at Home Park since he was a ten-year-old before leaving for the Amex in February 2013. He did not play for the Argyle first team but was included on the substitute’s bench once, just three days after his 16th birthday for an FA Cup tie against non-league Stourbridge in November 2011. 

After moving along the south coast, he represented England at Under-19 and Under-20 level and made his Brighton debut this time last year in a League Cup match against Tottenham Hotspur. His Championship debut followed a week later, when he kept a clean sheet in Albion’s home win over Wigan.

After two more appearances, and another clean sheet away to Middlesbrough, the current England Under-21 squad member signed for League 1 Bury on a season-long this summer.

However, he returned to the Amex after six just appearances following a groin injury which also forced his withdrawal from the England Under-21 squad.

Christian has returned to Home Park since his move to the Seagulls, when he was part of the England Under-20s squad that beat their USA counterparts 2-1 in a friendly international last March.