Nathan Jones has today stated that it will take an extra special offer from any club looking to lure away any of his in-demand squad from Kenilworth Road.
Speaking to Luton Today, Jones was bullish in his comments about keeping his talented squad together in the transfer window, ” We’re in a wonderful place, we have a strong board, we’re not a selling club. Yes, we’re waiting on a decision on something that will kick us on to the next level (new stadium), but we have a wonderful group, a group that want to be here, that keep learning, that believe in something, that strive to do something. So anyone that wants to come in, they’d better have a big fat cheque book.”
Jones was adamant he was more interested in strengthening his squad, given added impetus with the news that defensive midfielder Glenn Rea is likely to be out for the rest of the season, than selling and hoped he would be able to complete any business in the early weeks of the month. He was also clear that he would only add to the squad if the player improved significantly the quality of what he already had, a measured approach which has seen the talented Welshman build a strong and talented team that have become serious contenders to deliver the Hatters their second successive promotion.
One possible target is rumoured to be Jack Payne. The highly-rated Huddersfield Town youngster is currently on-loan at Bradford City where he has been influential in the Bantams recent improvement in results. Luton would not be without competition for the highly rated 24-year-old should Huddersfield decide to let him go, with Bradford keen to keep him, at least on loan for the rest of the season. Payne has so far contributed eight goals and five assists at Valley Parade.
Rumours of Peterborough Town interest in the player were today dismissed by boss Steve Evans, which may be a sign Jones is close to getting his man.
It is no surprise that Jones reputation and standing in the game is growing at such a pace. Whenever you hear him speak, he exudes authority and confidence and has done an absolutely magnificent job at Luton Town so far. If he can keep hold of key members of his squad and add talents such as Payne then the Hatters really could offer a serious challenge to Portsmouth and Sunderland for those automatic promotion spots.