Walker backs himself to play regular football

The keeper is currently on-loan at Oldham Athletic

Tuesday, 30th March 2021, 1:00 pm
Laurie Walker

Goalkeeper Laurie Walker believes he can play regular EFL football if given the chance.

The 31-year-old had ot wait 10 years between his professional debut and his second opportunity this season, and only made his first EFL appearance earlier this month after joining League Two side Oldham Athletic on emergency loan from Dons.

Walker has played five times for the Latics, who sit 17th in the table, 10 points clear of the relegation zone.

With his Dons contract up at the end of the season, Walker's performances at Boundary Park may offer him fresh opportunities to play regular football elsewhere - something he believes he is more than capable of doing.

Speaking on the Benchwarmers Podcast, he said: "You've got to believe in yourself and your own ability. I've never doubted I could play EFL level. I'm building my way into games at the moment and getting match fit. I feel I can progress with every game that goes by.

"I'm grateful for the opportunity because this is a dream a lot of people have. Without a shadow of a doubt, I feel I can play regularly at this level. It's just fantastic to be able to do it.

On his loan spell, Walker continued: "The manager rang me and told me of the opportunity of the emergency loan and asked if I was interested - I said absolutely. The aim is to play football and that's what I have worked so hard for, the Saturday or Tuesday games. It was a no-brainer for me and the club gave me the chance to make by Football League debut.

"It's a fantastic club to be at."