Writer: Colchester Dan
Date:Thursday July 25 2013
Before the game with Tottenham last week the U's confirmed that Chelsea goalkeeper Sam Walker had returned to the club on loan for six months until the middle of January.
It was a popular move amongst the support who had taken warmly to the youngster after making a big impression in a similar deal towards the end of last season, with notable moments including a crucial penalty save at home to Leyton Orient.
A move had been touted for a long time and the signs were always that the big shot-stopper would be returning, but he has admitted that the deal was done a long time ago and he was always set on returning.
Chatting to the official site, Walker admitted that the Weston Homes was the only place he wanted to be at this season.
'It was all done last year and I was due to come back at the start of pre-season,' he revealed. 'But Chelsea wanted to hold back a bit until they signed their second choice keeper and it feels like I've come home.
'It's vital for any young player to go out on loan and experience playing for three points, and for me there is no better place to come. I had a real bond with the club and all I had my heart set on this summer was to come back and help the club.'
It has been a summer of change at Stamford Bridge with the return of Jose Mourinho, and whilst the Blues were seeking an experienced head to be their number two in goal Walker was taken on their tour of Thailand.
His trip sparked doubts that he may be more involved at the Bridge than anticipated to scupper any prospective move but, if anything, Walker admits that it has been a useful experience for him.
'It was great to be out there with the players and a manager of that calibre and I feel in good shape to help the team this year,' he explained. 'It was all agreed for me to come back here though and it was just a case of when.'
The relationship and warm feeling between U's fans and Walker is certainly not a one-way street, and the youngster holds the U's support in high regard who took to him so kindly.
And after ensuring League One survival with a last day win away at Carlisle, Walker is keen to help the U's push on to a better campaign this time around.
He finished: 'That last day at Carlisle will live with me for a long time. Last year was one of the highs of my short career and we've kept the strong nucleus so I'm buzzing now and looking forward to seeing what we can do this year.'
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Date:Thursday July 25 2013
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