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‘I thought my career was over’ -term contract at Luton

‘I thought my career was over’ -term contract at Luton



Published 03/01/2024 at 17:57 GMT

Andros Townsend has signed a new long-term contract with Luton. The former Tottenham, Crystal Palace and Everton winger had been a free agent since he left Everton at the end of the 2022-23 season and was signed by the newly-promoted Premier League club on a short-term deal in October. Following a successful spell, Luton have decided to give the 32-year-old winger a new contract.

Andros Townsend of Luton Town celebrates after scoring their team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Luton Town and Newcastle United at Kenilworth Road

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Luton winger Andros Townsend has signed a new long-term contract with the Premier League club.

Townsend, 32, joined Luton on a short-term deal in October, having not played a competitive match since March 2022, when he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury playing for Everton.

After signing his new contract on Wednesday, the former England international told the club’s official website: “Obviously I’m delighted; three months ago I thought my career was over.

“So from going to begging around the world just for a trial to being offered a longer contract is a dream come true.

“It’s a special, special football club. I think we can really achieve something special this season. It’s only half-way done, we’ve got six months – 19 games – to pull off the unthinkable.”

Luton manager Rob Edwards said: “It’s an amazing signing for us. Andros has come into the group with real humility and professionalism. He’s shown the whole group what it means to be elite and a top-end pro.

“His fitness levels have been insane, and he’s shown more and more his qualities with every game.

“For us to be able to tie him down to a longer-term contract is a credit to him – he’s been through a tough time, and it says a lot about him as a person.

“I also think it says a lot about the ambitions of this football club that we’re signing people like Andros, with his level and quality, so it’s a big, big signing for us.”

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