Ambitious Walker excited over season-long loan at Mansfield

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Exciting young Nottingham Forest player Tyler Walker is aiming for regular starts, goals and sky high confidence during his year-long loan at League Two neighbours Mansfield Town.

The 21-year-old has already scored four times in 33 outings for the Reds and also gained valuable experience in loan spells at Burton Albion, Port Vale, Stevenage and Bolton Wanderers.

“We had to talk to Forest before coming here, but we were both on the same page,” he said.

“They want me to go out and get some games and goals, and come back hopefully a better player.

“The main thing for me is game time and goals. I want to play in every game and score lots of goals,” he said.

“First team minutes is what I need. It’s massive for a young player like myself. Game time is the main thing for confidence.

“The loans are good because they help you get experience and I feel like I’ve learned a lot from them. Having played in this league already I feel like I’m a little bit more equipped to come here and do what I have to do.

“A lot of the reason I’ve signed is because of the manager and the style of play. I’m really happy to be here and looking forward to doing well to next season.”

Walker was particularly happy to get the deal done ahead of this week’s week-long training camp in Portugal.

“I know a few of the lads already and they’re really nice guys,” he said. “I’ve settled in really well and I’m really happy.

“I’m buzzing. It’s taken a few days but I’m happy to finally be here with the lads and in time for Portugal.

“Now we can go away and get to know the lads, the trip will definitely help the lads gel together.”

On what Stags fans can expect from him, he added: “I’ll look to add movement and obviously goals.

“We have two other great new signings with me here (Otis Khan and Craig Davies), and I’m looking forward to working with them.

“I’m a striker who likes to score goals and create goals. I’m an attacking player who likes to have the ball at my feet and hopefully I can do that this season.”