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Walker Extends Albion Stay

Brighton and Hove Albion youngster Mitch Walker has signed a one-year extension to his current contract, keeping him at the Club until the end of the 2011-12 season.

The 18 year old goalkeeper signed his first professional deal last August while still a second-year scholar, before breaking into the first team at the end of last season to make his debut in the 1-0 win against Yeovil Town.

Speaking to the Club website, Walker said:

“When I first signed my pro deal, if someone had told me I would have actually been involved in the first team by the end of the season I wouldn’t have believed them!”

“To be on the bench for a few games and then finally make my debut in the last match was great, and it’s brilliant to sign for a further year.”

Walker who can’t wait to look at next season’s fixtures when they are announced next Thursday is itching for a return to pre-season training.

“This will be my first ever proper set of fixtures, rather than youth team fixtures, so it’s going to be interesting to see how all the games pan out,” he said.

“Everyone has the opinion that goalkeepers will be at the back of the group during pre-season, but personally I like to work doubly hard to prove to everyone that we’re not lazy and slow at the back!”

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