‘I did not come to Colchester United to be a League Two player’ – Sam Walker

Colchester keeper Sam Walker acknowledges the travelling fans at MK Dons

Colchester keeper Sam Walker acknowledges the travelling fans at MK Dons - Credit: Archant

Sam Walker, more than anyone, does not want to be playing League Two football next season.

Giant keeper Walker, who must be a contender for the U’s player-of-the-season, has played every game of this campaign, initially on loan before his permanent switch from Chelsea in January.

Walker has kept 11 clean-sheets, and yet still finds himself a member of a team facing a second successive struggle to stave off relegation.

The 22-year-old remains confident that the U’s will stay up, and that the Essex club certainly do not deserve to be playing in the fourth tier.

A home win over already-promoted Brentford tomorrow would virtually guarantee the U’s League One status for a seventh straight season, going into the final weekend trip to Walsall.

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“I did not come to Colchester to be a League Two player,” insisted Walker.

“And I don’t see this club, as a whole, as a League Two club.

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“The infrastructure and the set-up is fantastic. We certainly don’t want to be in that league.

“Consistency has been our main problem. We have had glimpses of being fantastic at times, like the period over Christmas, when we were churning out some really good results.

“But there have been other times when we haven’t been so good. But we have two games left, and we can’t dwell on what has happened in the past,” added Walker.

Walker kept a clean-sheet on the final day of last season, when the U’s celebrated a 2-0 win at Carlisle to preserve their League One status.

And the 6ft 6ins custodian believes that the U’s experiences of last season will stand them in good stead for the challenges of the last couple of weekends of the campaign.

“Going through last season’s experience helps,” continued Walker.

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