Luton Town has signed goalkeeper Matt Macey from Hibernian for an undisclosed transfer fee.
Macey began his career at Bristol Rovers but failed to make a first-team appearance before switching to Arsenal in October 2013 on a free transfer, although he would ultimately fail to make a senior appearance for the Gunners.
During his time at Arsenal, Macey spent time on loan at Accrington Stanley, Luton and Plymouth in 2015, 17 and 18-19 respectively, where he made 49 appearances in total across all three clubs prior to a permanent switch to Hibernian in January 2021.
Macey went on to make 52 appearances for Hibs and started for the Edinburgh-based club in their 2020-21 Scottish Cup Final defeat to St Johnstone, but has now decided to re-join Luton for a second time.
Speaking to lutontown.co.uk about his decision to move back to Kenilworth Road, Macey said: “I’m really excited. When I heard there was some interest I was desperate to come back. I had such a good time here, even though it was very brief last time.
“When I came here five or six years ago, I was probably still a boy. I was still learning and I’d only played four or five professional men’s games before I made my debut here.”
Reflecting on his experiences since his loan spell in 2017, Macey added: “I’m coming back with over 100 games under my belt, big experiences in big games and atmospheres in Scotland, and I feel like I’ve grown as a person and a player from that.
“It’s brought back a lot of memories today. I had a lot of fun in that ten-week spell and I look forward to starting again.”
Luton currently have James Shea and Harry Isted in their goalkeeping rankings but Shea is out with a knee injury and Isted is inexperienced, meaning that manager – Nathan Jones was “delighted” to sign Macey in order to avoid needing emergency loans as has happened in recent seasons.
Hibernian Chief Executive, Ben Kensell meanwhile placed on record the club’s thanks to Macey for his performances in the last 18 months, as he described the 27 year-old goalkeeper as “a model professional” for other goalkeepers at the club.
Kensell proceeded to explain that the decision to sell Macey is “vital” to help grow the club and provide transfer funds to further improve the playing squad, as he also praised Luton for their attitudes towards negotiations in this “really beneficial deal” for both teams.