Winger, Andros Townsend has signed for Luton Town on a free transfer.
Townsend had been without a club since he left Everton at the end of last season, although he had missed the entirety of last season due to a knee injury sustained during their FA Cup Quarter-Final exit at Crystal Palace in March 2022.
The 32 year-old trained with Burnley for pre-season but wasn’t offered a contract but has now signed for Luton, who sit 17th in the Premier League.
Explaining his decision to move to Kenilworth Road, Townsend commented: “I feel like it’s a good fit and these last couple of weeks have been good for both parties. I think it had to be right and I feel over the last two weeks we’ve had a look at each other and done that.
“I’ve seen where I can help this team and on the flipside the manager has seen where I can help – whether that’s on the pitch, in the dressing room or on the training field – with my enthusiasm and experience.
“Plus, Luton are my local team – I live 20-25 minutes away so I’ve kept my eye on their progress and watching the Championship play-off final and see them win promotion was great for the club.
“I never thought I’d pull on the Luton shirt, so it’s a huge honour to play again in the Premier League for this club, and hopefully get help this club get as many points as we can and see where it takes us.”
Manager, Rob Edwards added that Townsend possesses “undoubted Premier League quality,” who “can come in and give everything, bring out those technical qualities to help us and we can give him a platform to show everyone what he’s all about.”
Edwards also iterated that Townsend will provide players like Chiedozie Ogbene and Tahith Chong with extra competition, whilst bring a “phenomenal” attitude to the squad which will benefit the squad on top of his “humble, hard-working” personality which will inspire young players. .
Fans are urged to have patience with Townsend because Edwards has refused to “put pressure on him” as he builds up his match fitness.
Edwards also provided a clarified update on Townsend’s fitness as he added: “He’s fit, naturally fit. But then there’s being Premier League fit and being able to come on and affect games. So the next step will be a plan for that.”
Townsend will wear the number 30 shirt and could make his debut for Luton away to Nottingham Forest on 21 October depending upon his fitness, whilst his home bow at Kenilworth Road could come on 5 November against Liverpool.