Young ‘keeper returns from hugely beneficial loan move.
Jack Walton has completed his one-month loan spell with Stalybridge Celtic and returned to Oakwell. The stopper joined the the Northern Premier League outfit on a month loan when they were firmly in the relegation zone.
Since his arrival at Bower Fold, Walton has played a major part in turning the clubs fortunes around, with the following record:
Clean sheets: 3
The Celts now sit 19th, two points clear of the drop zone which is a much healthier position than prior to the Reds Academy graduates arrival. Walton returns to Oakwell having experienced some vital first team minutes.
Upon his return, Walton told barnsleyfc.co.uk he has learnt from his time away.
He said, “I really enjoyed my time with Stalybridge and I can’t thank them enough for taking the chance on me to play for them. When I went in we were struggling and in the relegation zone, but now the squad has really pulled together and are on promotion form!
“I spoke a lot with the coaches at Barnsley before I went and they gave me the advice to go out and get some first team football. I’m now even more excited to be given the opportunity to be further involved with the first team here. I have had a couple of games with them before in friendlies, so now I need to take the next step up and I will be ready if called upon.”
Paul Heckingbottom commented on the return of Jack Walton to the Club and has rewarded him with the squad number 30.
He said, “Jack has worked really hard both at the Club and in the games he has had away on loan. He’s been impressive and I have heard nothing but positive reports from the Stalybridge staff and he even picked up a Man of the Match award. Loans like this are invaluable to a player in the early stages of their career and he now returns to the Club with his head held high, ready for the next step of challenges facing him. We’ll continue to work him hard both on and off the pitch.”