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Luton Town secure deal for highly-rated keeper Walton

Christian Walton will spend next season at Kenilworth Road. Credit: PA

Luton Town have signed highly-rated Brighton and Hove Albion goalkeeper Christian Walton on a season-long loan deal.

The 20-year-old had spells at Plymouth Argyle and Bury last season and has represented England at various youth levels.

Walton worked with Hatters boss Nathan Jones at Brighton and will be reunited with him again at Kenilworth Road.

I am delighted to have signed a player of Christian’s quality and pedigree.

I worked close to him at Brighton and I know he has the potential to be a top keeper. It is a real coup for us as he had many options, but he's chosen us as he believes in what we do.

I’d like to thank Brighton for their co-operation and desire to get this deal done. We feel we've added real quality this summer, and Christian is another hand-picked piece in our jigsaw.

– Nathan Jones, Luton Town manager

Luton Town to host Aston Villa in first round of EFL Cup

Luton Town will welcome Aston Villa to Kenilworth Road. Credit: PA

Luton Town have been handed a home tie against recently relegated Aston Villa in the first round of the League Cup.

Villa will visit Kenilworth Road on the week commencing August 8.

There's also a plum tie for Cambridge United who will host last season's Championship play-off finalists Sheffield Wednesday.

Ipswich Town take on Stevenage at Portman Road for the second year running, while Northampton Town travel to Barnsley.

Colchester United are on the road at Brighton and Hove Albion, but Southend United and Peterborough United have home ties against Gillingham and AFC Wimbledon respectively.

MK Dons travel to Newport County.

Norwich City will enter the competition at the next stage.

  • Barnsley v Northampton Town
  • Brighton and Hove Albion v Colchester United
  • Cambridge United v Sheffield Wednesday
  • Ipswich Town v Stevenage
  • Luton Town v Aston Villa
  • Newport County v MK Dons
  • Peterborough United v AFC Wimbledon
  • Southend United v Gillingham


Luton Town sign Oxford United duo Hylton and Mullins

Danny Hylton (left) and Johnny Mullins (right) have signed for Luton Town. Credit: PA

Luton Town have signed Oxford United pair Johnny Mullins and Danny Hylton.

Both players helped the U's gain promotion to League One last season.

Oxford decided to release 30-year-old centre-back Mullins but did offer Hylton a new contract.

However, the striker opted to turn it down and join Luton instead.

Hylton scored 15 goals last season.

Both players have signed two-year contracts at Kenilworth Road.

Johnny is exactly the type of player and character I want at our club, he is a real leader and will be a big influence within our dressing room.

The signing of Johnny massively improves our squad. He is a winner and he wants to continue to improve and get better here at Luton Town.

Danny is a great signing for us and he is a player I have admired for a long time now.

Danny had offers from clubs in League One but has chosen to join us because he believes in what we are trying to build and achieve here and wants to be a vital part of making that happen.

– Nathan Jones, Luton Town manager

Sheehan joins Luton Town on permanent deal

Alan Sheehan has joined Luton Town permanently. Credit: PA

Luton Town have signed full-back Alan Sheehan on a permanent deal.

The 29-year-old was on loan from Bradford City in the second half of last season and made 20 appearances for the club.

Sheehan has now signed a two-year contract at Kenilworth Road.

I have really enjoyed my football since being at Luton Town. For me it’s all about enjoying the football really.

The manager was a huge factor in me coming to Luton and obviously Paul Hart, Mick Harford and Kevin Nugent are a very strong team and I’m really delighted to be joining.

– Alan Sheehan, Luton Town

Hart joins Luton Town as assistant manager

Paul Hart will work alongside Nathan Jones. Credit: PA

Luton Town have appointed former Nottingham Forest and Crystal Palace boss Paul Hart as their new assistant manager.

Hart has recently been working with Leeds United's academy, and watched the Hatters' defeat at Northampton Town on Saturday.

The 62-year-old will add some experience to Nathan Jones' coaching staff.

It feels great to be here. I've been looking forward to this and I feel very lucky.

I've had 45 Years in football and to come to a prestigious club like Luton, especially in this position as assistant manager is great, I'm very lucky.

The size of the support at Luton is incredible and we're looking to give the supporters quality, winning football.

– Paul Hart, Luton Town assistant manager


Prosser in Northampton Town move while Pigott joins Luton Town

Luke Prosser lifts the League Two play-off trophy. Credit: PA

Southend United centre-back Luke Prosser has joined Northampton Town on loan until the end of the season.

The 27-year-old has been with the Shrimpers since 2010, but has found first team opportunities harded to come by this season in League One.

Prosser's contract at Roots Hall expires in the summer.

"I'm really pleased to bring Luke in.

I have been an admirer of his for a while and this is another signing that will strengthen us at a key time in the season.

As James Collins did, Luke also won promotion from this level last season, and that knowledge and experience can only help us.

We have a really hectic schedule coming up, and to be able to add Luke's ability, knowhow and experience to the squad is a big boost and a huge help to the players who are already here and have done so well to get us to the position we are in."

– Chris Wilder, Northampton Town manager
Joe Pigott will spend the rest of the season at Luton Town. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, former Southend loan star Joe Pigott will spend the rest of the campaign at Luton Town.

Pigott has signed on loan from Charlton Athletic and helped Southend gain promotion from League Two last season.

“I’ve worked before Joe before. He’s an excellent young striker who has scored goals wherever he has been.

He’s been brought into the Club because he is the type of player we want here. He fits all of our criteria and adds competition to an area we are already very strong in."

– Nathan Jones, Luton Town manager

Elsewhere, Stevenage defender Jamie McCombe has left the club by mutual consent.

Luton name new boss

Luton Town have announced that Nathan Jones is the club's new manager.

He'll be officially unveiled at a press conference on Friday.

Jones, 42, was first team coach at Championship Brighton but returns to Kenilworth Road having briefly played for the club as a defender.

Jones joins on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

More on this story on the club's website.

Brighton coach Jones set for Luton Town job after betting suspended

Nathan Jones looks set to be the new manager at Luton Town. Credit: PA

Luton Town's search for a new manager appears to be coming to an end after current Brighton and Hove Albion coach Nathan Jones was installed as the clear favourite.

Betting has now been suspended by many bookmakers on the Welshman taking over at Kenilworth Road.

42-year-old Jones actually started his professional playing career at Luton but never made an appearance.

He has since established himself as a talented coach and has been with Brighton since 2013.

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