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INTERVIEW: Joe on his seven-day emergency loan

Stanley goalkeeper Joe Walsh discusses his loan with the Reds

8 December 2023

Interviews

INTERVIEW: Joe on his seven-day emergency loan

Stanley goalkeeper Joe Walsh discusses his loan with the Reds

8 December 2023

Accrington Stanley goalkeeper Joe Walsh discusses his seven-day emergency loan.

The 21-year-old travelled to Preston with his club QPR last Friday as their third choice goalkeeper.

Now he is Stanley's No. 1 and ready to make his debut at the Wham Stadium tomorrow against Doncaster Rovers.

"It's strange," said the former Gillingham stopper. "Last week I was at Preston and was the young goalie to flip that within days.

"I heard about this opportunity last week and wondered if I should stay in Preston.

"I got some clarity on Monday that I would be coming up on Wednesday.

"It's crazy, you have to chuck everything in your suitcase and go up the road.

"For goalies, you just have to be ready. If you haven't played a game in a while, when you get an opportunity like this, you have to go and take it.

"Life changes so quickly. You can't plan week to week, you have to go day to day.

"I am excited just to have this opportunity. I am so grateful to get games and experience and push myself and mentally go in strong and play some games in League Two."

Walsh is a product of the Gills youth system and signed his first professional contract in May 2019, before making eight first team appearances for Gillingham.

In January 2021, he moved to QPR and has enjoyed loan spells in non-league at Hampton & Richmond, Dorking Wanderers and Maidenhead United.

He made his Hoops debut as a half-time substitute in this season's Carabao Cup.

"An EFL loan is completely different to my previous ones. This is full-time, away from home. In my non-league loan spells, it was local and I stayed at home.

"But I feel I have been around football a long time. I have seen a lot of goalies, how they train, how they prepare on a daily basis.

"I was at QPR the season before last and I  think there were four or five goalies injured at one point so others came in - David Marshall and Keiren Westwood - and seeing different goalies is massive, how they prepare. They have played over 500 games and played for their national teams and I just watch them. Asmir Begovic, currently at QPR, is brilliant too. It's just how they approach games and training is massive."

The Reds have a number of other loans players, including Joe Gubbins from QPR, and Joe believes this will be a boost for him.

"It's nice to have a few lads who have experienced the same things.

"I know I need to settle in as quickly as possible, settle in with training and games, and find the routine and rhythm."

The full interview video with Joe Walsh is available to watch on the club's official YouTube channel, CLICK HERE to find out more!


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