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Walker: It's great to play again

Posted on 21 September 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

Ian Walker is back in the first-team frame again - but insists his position at the Lane has not changed.

The long-serving goalkeeper handed in a transfer request last Friday - accepted by the club - but in typical, ironic football fashion, came in from the cold when Neil Sullivan was sent off at Brentford on Tuesday.

New first-choice keeper Sullivan will have to serve a one-match ban and will miss the Premiership trip to Coventry City on October 14.

Walker said: "It doesn't really change my position. I presume Sully will play the next few games until his ban comes in. I think that will be Coventry away and it will be great to play in that game.

"Obviously I was disappointed at the start of the season and it was just nice to get out there in a proper game and just play a match. It feels like a long time since I did that - it seems like it anyway.

"We can only wait to see what happens now. I've always said that I just want to play. At the moment I'm not playing regularly and I need to be.

"It was nice just to get out there and now I should have another game coming up. At least that's something to look forward to. When you work so hard in training you always need something at the end of it."