Interview Laurie Walker

LAURIE WALKER

Personal Details

Club:
Milton Keynes Dons FC
Full Name:
Laurie Walker
Nationality:
English
Date of Birth:
14-10-1989
Place of birth:
Bedfordshire
Position:
Goalkeeper
Shirt number:
22

Career

2009-2010
Cambridge United FC
2010-2011
Morecambe FC
2011-2012
Kettering Town FC
2012
Brackley Town FC
2012-2013
Leamington FC
2013-2015
Hemel Hempstead Town FC
2015-2017
Oxford City FC
2017
Brackley Town FC
2017-2019
Hemel Hempstead Town FC
2019-
Milton Keynes Dons FC
2019 (on loan)
Hampton & Richmond Borough FC
2019-2020 (on loan)
Chelmsford City FC

Interview

Laurie, introduce yourself…

I’m Laurie Walker 30 year old goalkeeper currently playing for Mk dons in in League 1.

What are your biggest strengths and what are your biggest weaknesses?

I wouldn’t say I have any specific strength of weakness, I work hard daily in training to try and improve my all round game to make sure I’m up to scratch and ready to play.

Laurie you joined the academy of Milton Keynes Dons FC at the age of 16. Could you tell me about your experience at youth football?

Joining Mk as a kid is every kids dream come true, you take it for granted as a kid which is one thing I regret I wish I’d of spent more time on the training pitch at the time. But it was very different as I worked under two different managers who both had very different styles of play which was tough to adapt to quickly as a youth team player.

At the end of your scholarship period in July 2009, you moved from Milton Keynes Dons FC to Cambridge United FC. Did you noticed a lot of difference between these clubs?

Yes there was a massive different between the two, I’d gone from playing 18s football to now training around big men every day that was a real wakeup call that I needed and I learnt a lot of lessons signing my fist deal with Cambridge.

On 6 February 2010 you made your professional debut for Cambridge United FC in a 1–0 defeat away to Crawley Town FC. How important was that moment for you ?

The debut against Crawley was possibly the most nervous I’ve ever felt, and the standard and tempo was so so much different to 18s football but I took a lot of valuable lessons from that game things like managing the game when to play quick etc as if you got it wrong at that level you got punished for it.

In 2013, you signed for Hemel Hempstead Town FC, where you made 80 league appearances during three seasons. Why did you leave Hempstead Town FC ?

Signing for Hemel was great I achieved so much with them the first time round, when I decided to leave it was a number of reasons I needed a fresh start at a new challenge at a club and also the manager had different plans for the team the following year which happens it’s football.

In 2019 you signed a contract with Milton Keynes Dons FC for the second time. Why did you choose to return to Milton?

Re-signing for Mk was a no brainier it was an opportunity to return back to the football league with a professional club and become a full time footballer again plus I now live in Milton Keynes so it made perfect sense and it was an exciting challenge for me.

By Milton Keynes Dons FC, you was loaned out to Hampton & Richmond Borough FC and Chelmsford City FC. How did you experience these periods?

It’s always good going out on loan to get game time if you’re not needed by the club at that time as it keeps you sharp and ready for when you are needed rather than sitting round for months not getting any minutes under your belt and being rusty when your chance comes to play so it was a great experience at two top class clubs.

Laurie, what is the most important football lesson you have learned and who taught you that?

It was my goalkeeper at Hemel Dmitri Kharine, basically don’t get involved with referees as you can’t change their minds and it takes your mind of your own performance and being a goalkeeper is hard enough as it is best lesson I’ve had as whenever I used to get involved I’d always end up playing bad or making a mistake.

And what are your targets for this season?

My targets this season are to help the club finish as high as possible and obviously to try get as many games played as possible along with clean sheets.



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