Luton Sign Cauley Woodrow From Barnsley For Undisclosed Fee

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Luton Town have signed Cauley Woodrow from Barnsley for an undisclosed fee. 

Woodrow began his playing career at Luton as he joined their Academy aged 14 and quickly rose up the youth ranks, culminating in his senior debut away to Welling United in a First Round replay in 2010-11 FA Trophy which the Hatters eventually won 2-1.

After two further first-team appearances, Woodrow joined Fulham in March 2011 where he scored 12 goals in 66 appearances for the Cottagers, despite enjoying loan spells at Southend United, Burton Albion, Bristol City and Barnsley during his time in West London.

Barnsley eventually signed Woodrow on a permanent transfer in January 2019 and including his loan spell in the first half of that season, Woodrow went on to score 53 goals in 156 appearances for the Tykes across the last four seasons.

During his time at Oakwell, Woodrow helped Barnsley win promotion to the Championship in 2018-19 season, with their time in the second-tier having concluded with relegation at the end of last season.

Speaking to lutontown.co.uk about his decision to return to the Hatters, Woodrow said: “I’m a bit emotional to be back at Luton Town. This is where I started my journey as a professional footballer and Gary Sweet always said that I’d come back and play one day, and today is the day.

“I’m delighted to be here. I’m a local boy and me and my family are really delighted for me to be so close to home. To be playing my football back where it all started, it is great for me.”

Manager, Nathan Jones added that he had urged the board to go “bold” in their transfer strategy in order to build a promotion challenging team, having missed out in the post-season play-offs last season after finishing sixth in the regular season.

Jones consequently is delighted to secure Woodrow – having previously worked with the striker whilst involved with England Under 21s – who he described as “… a real standout signing for us – a marquee signing.”

With Danny Hylton having departed the club for Northampton Town on a free transfer, Jones praised the board for signing a strong replacement, as he commented: “It’s a fantastic signing and I thank the board for being bold, brave and for backing me on this. We are sure that Cauley has the quality to make us better.”

On what he expects Woodrow to bring to the team this season, Jones added: “He’ll be desperate to do well because he’s that type of character.

“He’s a player with real good technical ability, he gives us good options in the attacking area and he’s a type of player that we haven’t got, a really clever player.”

Jones also iterated that his present striker selection had “pace, power and athleticism” yet lacked “real quality”, which made the decision to sign Woodrow very important to improving their goalscoring prospects.

Woodrow will wear the number 10 shirt for 2022-23 season.

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