Gainsborough Trinity have confirmed the loan signing of Richard Walton from Lincolnshire neighbours Lincoln City.
The young goalkeeper is the first of two signings in that position Dave Frecklington is hoping to make, but the boss couldn’t hide his delight when he admitted. “I am really pleased to get this one over the line. I have been chasing Richard all summer, and am really pleased to have him at the football club. We have worked together a couple of times, at Lincoln United and last season at Spalding and he is a very capable goalkeeper, who is thought of highly by the Cowley brothers at Lincoln.”
The Trinity manager continued “I am still searching for another goalkeeper, who will push Richard all the way and fight for the number one spot. No one is guaranteed a shirt, but if the players are putting in the performances, they will keep the shirt. The players that impress me the most during pre-season will be the ones that put themselves in pole position for a starting jersey come August 5th, but until then, everyone has the chance to stake a claim for the shirt.”
On agreeing his deal to join Gainsborough, the ‘keeper revealed “It’s good to be here, it has been in the pipeline for a while. When I sat down and spoke to Danny (Cowley, Lincoln City manager) at the end of the season, he told me of the interest from Gainsborough and it was something I really wanted to do. I wanted to get my Lincoln deal sorted first though. Having worked with Dave (Frecklington) a couple of times, I know him well. As a 17/18 year old, I spent time at Lincoln United with him and then I had another month with him last month at Spalding.”
Walton will continue to train with Lincoln City during the week where he will work with Imps first choice goalkeeper Paul Farman and their experienced Goalkeeper Coach Jimmy Walker. Describing himself as a goalkeeper – and a person, Richard says “I’m a fairly big ‘keeper, I kick well, I’m young, good on the ball and a good talker, I’d like to think I am confident, out-going and down to earth. As a footballer, a lot of that is down to the grounding I have had at Lincoln City.”
The 21 year old shot stopper joins ex Lincoln forward Alex Simmons, as well as joining up with several ex team mates from spells at Spalding and Lincoln United in the form of assistant manager Terry Fleming, striker Bradley Wells and centre back Nathan Stainfield with the Tulips and Michael Jacklin and Jack McGovern, with whom he represented The Whites. “It also helped that I know a few of the lads and the fact I am getting to play at a good level helped me to make the decision to join Gainsborough.”
“I’m looking to win every game I play in. I want to improve on how things ended last season, we have to be looking at midtable and push on further up the table if possible. There is always a team that sneaks up the table and perhaps that can be us that surprises a few.”