The Hatters are finalising their pre-season preparation by officially announcing the first eight signings to join the Club to strengthen the squad for this seasons League 2 campaign. With less than 48 hours to go to the big kick-off, Mick Harford has secured the signings of the preferred players on his target list.

Harford said, "I'm delighted. I want a blend of youth and experience so that we have players who can develop their talents with us, alongside players who know what it takes for promotion. We know the task that has been set for us, and every player joining knows that come May, they will be legends and part of football folklore. I have no doubt that next May we will have the biggest party Bedfordshire has seen for many years. Before we get there though, we've have succeeded in putting together a group of players that will fight tooth and nail for every point."

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"Many of the players have featured in my plans for some time so they have had a few weeks to get to know each other and work in training together. Every single player will be proud to put on the Luton shirt and that is the spirit we need. Nico was a huge boost although many fans knew that he had been a priority target for us for quite some time. I've now been able to add quality players to the team, and I can tell you the dressing room is buzzing. We can't wait for Saturday."

The eight players whose signatures were approved by the Football League this evening to play for The Hatters are:

Kevin Nicholls 29, midfield, Captain, signed from Preston North End.

Claude Gnakpa 25, full back, formerly of Peterborough United.

George Pilkington 26, central defender, signed form Port Vale.

Asa Hall 21, midfield, from Birmingham City.

Rossi Jarvis 20, midfield, formerly of Norwich City.

Ian Roper 31, central defender, from Walsall

Chris Martin 19, forward, on a season long loan from Norwich City

Tristan Plummer 18, forward on loan from Bristol City

Gary Sweet, MD of the Luton Town said, "I know fans have been getting concerned over the size of our squad, but I can tell you this is not the end of the signings we want. It's very difficult as whilst negotiating, it is not possible to keep everyone informed without weakening our competitive position. Additionally, we have always said we will not make announcements until deals are signed, sealed and delivered, and this includes the Football League registering the players. This is a time when we call for fans to trust that, as a team, we have been working hard for many months to get to this point."