Luton Town chief Nathan Jones wants to carry on the club’s proud tradition of developing their own talent during his time in charge.
Jones, who was appointed Hatters boss last week, is well aware of the reputation that his new club have of producing players from their academy over the years, with the likes of Cauley Woodrow, Curtis Davies and Matthew Upson, to name a few, all previous examples.
“We want homegrown players, we want ones we’ve developed, that have our DNA, that have our ethos built into them.”Nathan Jones
Prior to his previous role as Brighton first team coach, Jones was the U21s professional development coach with Charlton, so he has first hand experience of bringing youngsters through.
When asked about giving the youth players at Luton a chance, he said: “Of course, I’m a big believer in that, I’m a developer myself and Paul Driver is doing a wonderful job with the group he’s got.
“Luton’s synonymous with young, talented players, I played with them throughout my career and still keep in touch with them.
“Matty Upson, Chris Wilmott got sold on, Johnny Hartson, they develop young players, Luton Town’s a developing club and I think if we’re going to be a successful team we’re going to need to do that.
“We’re not just going to go out and buy a load of good players, we want to produce them as we’ve got good people here who can produce them.
“Then it will give the people of Luton something to get behind. We want homegrown players, we want ones we’ve developed, that have our DNA, that have our ethos built into them.
“So that it makes my job 10 times easier. If you have them from a young age and coming into our first team, they already know how we how we play, how we demand and that’s got to be better for us.”