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Hans tips Walks for top

Posted on 11 July 2001  - 12:00

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Hans Segers is convinced Ian Walker can return to the international stage. ‘Walks’, capped three times by England, ended a 13-year association with us by signing for Leicester City on Monday.

He made over 300 appearances for us in that time but lost his position as first-choice goalkeeper to Neil Sullivan last season.

Hans was his coach for the last three years and although bitterly disappointed to lose him, he insists that the move was right for Ian and, if he hits top form again, he could work his way back into the England squad.

Hans said: “It is a very positive step for Ian. He will be playing again and you never know, he has the quality to be an international again.

“I think he can get back in the picture. He’s done it before. He had a very good season before Neil Sullivan arrived and he just has to pick up the pieces again.”

Hans had nothing but praise for the way Ian conducted himself last season.

“Ian did very well and I think that’s the reward he has now,” he insisted. “He grinded it out and it was tough for the boy because he was number one for so many years.

“But he was professional, got on with the job and the reward was there for him.

“I always reminded him ‘you never know what is around the corner, be focused, do your job’ and Leicester came in and now he should be playing again and good luck to him.”

Hans described having both Ian and Sully as ‘the perfect situation’ for us.

“We had two quality goalkeepers but for Ian, it was a nightmare to sit on the bench week in, week out and watch Neil play out of this world," he added.

“It was time for Ian because he’s still young to move to another club and play regular football.

“You always look back on your career and if he’d been sitting on the bench for five or six years that is no good. It is a good move for him and we wish him all the best.”