Christian Walton expects Wednesday night’s trip to Luton Town will be his last for the club as he prepares to head back to Brighton.

Walton is set to make his 46th consecutive league appearance for Rovers, an ever-present between the sticks after signing a season-long deal from the Premier League side where he has a year left to run on his contract.

The 24-year-old has spent the last three seasons out on loan, with two at Wigan before his Ewood stint, but is ready to push for a first-team spot at the AMEX.

Walton admits it will be like signing for a new club, given his time away from the Seagulls, but after 165 appearances out on loan, is ready to challenge first-choice stopper Mat Ryan.

“I think I could be,” said Walton when asked if this was to be final Rovers appearance.

“Next season will be a different one for me, I’m going to go back to Brighton and give it a shot there and see what happens.

“I’ve been out on loan to get myself as much experience as I can to put me in good stead for going back there.

“I think it will be my last game, but who knows in football, anything can happen.”

Walton returns to one of his former clubs, Luton Town, on the final day of the season before returning to Brighton for who he has played four times for, but not since the 2014/15 campaign.

The club have since established themselves in the Premier League, and the former England youth goalkeeper accepts that he won’t be guaranteed first-team football as he has in the past, but is up for competing for a spot in the side.

“It will be different, a different challenge in my career,” he added.

“It’s one I’m looking forward to. In reality it will be like signing for a new club, I haven’t been there for a year, haven’t stepped foot in the training ground in a year, and in that time they’ve brought in new players and new staff.

“I’m really looking forward to going back to a great club and a Premier League set-up. It will be a different challenge, but one that I’m looking forward to.

“I will have to knuckle down and work hard, wait for my opportunity and see what happens.”

Signed as David Raya’s replacement, following the Spaniard’s move to Brentford, Walton was handed the No.1 shirt and has played every minute of each of Rovers’ 45 Championship matches so far.

He is expected to start at Kenilworth Road and in doing so, maintain his ever-present record.

And despite being on loan, he says he has been made to feel a part of the club during his time in East Lancashire.

He added: “I’ve been on many loans, and that’s all I’ve tried to buy in to what the manager wants, what the coaching staff want, the goalie coach etc.

“I’ll try my best wherever I go, it’s been really good and I’m thankful for Blackburn for taking me and giving me the opportunity to play at Championship level.”