Luton Town Season Preview

lutonThe Football Lab interviewed Luton Town fan Callum Francis, ahead of the new season. You can follow him on Twitter @callumLtfc. Here, he discusses the factors behind Luton’s comfortable Conference title winning campaign, the return of Adam Drury to Kenilworth Road, and the task of replacing talisman Andre Gray.
You dropped points just 5 times from mid-November last season, and went on to dominate the Conference. What went right from that point onwards?

I’d say with the first one, the squad got more and more confident. We all came united and started to believe.

You’ve lost 30-goal man Andre Gray to Brentford. Did you think you’d keep hold of him?

No,  I didn’t think we would. I’m happy for him, he’s been immense since he’s come in and really taken to Luton.

Captain Ronnie Henry has rejected a new contract. Were you surprised about this?

Yes I was. He loved it here, it seemed he got us all united and really had an impressive season.

Just 9 months ago, defender Paul Connolly was playing in the Championship with Millwall. Could he add some experience?

Yes, he will add much needed experience and hunger, he seems a good signing.

Andy Drury played regularly in League One last season for Crawley. Are you pleased to see him return to the club?

I’m delighted that Drury is back, however 100K is a bit over the top, but he will be worth it.

Midfielder Luke Guttridge scored 13 goals in 33 appearances last season. How important is he to the side?

Guttridge is very important. He seemed to struggle a little bit when he got injured, but I see him getting better and better.

Ross Lafayette and Ricky Miller have scored goals in non-league for Wrexham and Boston respectively. Can they make the step up to League Two?

I think Ricky Has that Andre Gray about him and Ross is a Paul Benson player, both are going to fit straight in.

With most bookmakers, Luton are at around 13/8 for promotion. Where will you finish?

I expect us to finish 10th upwards.

TFL Verdict

Back-to-back promotions is Luton’s aim, but the key will be how well they’ve replaced Andre Gray. 5th

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