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Luton re-sign versatile Emanuel

Lewis Emanuel
Emanuel had an injury-plagued season at Kenilworth Road last term

Luton left-back Lewis Emanuel has signed a contract keeping him at Kenilworth Road for another season.

The 25-year-old originally signed for the Hatters in 2006 but after a trial at Oldham last month, it seemed he would be leaving the club.

The ex-Bradford man told the club website: "I'm happy to have signed and hopefully we will do well this season.

"After talking to the lads we call feel that after last season we've got some unfinished business to attend to."

"But now it's a clean slate. There's with no points deductions, a new sponsor and new players. Things are definitely looking up," he said.

"It's a fresh start and hopefully we can go on and achieve promotion this season and bring the good times back to the football club.

To be honest Mick didn't really need to persuade me. I wanted to stay and the gaffer wanted to me to stay

Lewis Emanuel

"It feels like something has changed at the club now and, after three relegations, we want to go on and win things."

Emanuel turned down an offer from Grimsby this week, and said he did not need too much persuasion from manager Mick Harford to re-sign.

He said: "To be honest Mick didn't really need to persuade me. I wanted to stay and the gaffer wanted to me to stay.

"Over the summer it's always difficult for any player out of contract but I just concentrated on keeping fit and I waited to see what happened.

"I did have a number of clubs up north interested in me but, at the end of the day, I wanted to stay and help Luton win promotion back to the Football League at the first attempt.

"We've signed a lot of good players who can play at a higher level and those who can play in a variety of positions so we've got a really good chance.

"Hopefully as a team we can do the business and get promoted. I'm really looking forward to it."

Meanwhile, Harford says his side will use Saturday's friendly at Hampton and Richmond as a learning curve about non-league football.

The Hatters were relegated to the Blue Square Premier last season after 89 years in the Football League.

Harford told BBC Three Counties Radio his side must be ready for the rigours of the non-league game.

He said: "We are using the game as an experiment. It will be an experience to go to a non-league ground."

He added: "Most of these players have played most of their careers in the Football League and hopefully an experience like this will stand us in good stead."

Luton face AFC Wimbledon on Saturday, 8 August at Kingsmeadow in their Blue Square Premier curtain-raiser.



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