- Andros Townsend has played almost 300 Premier League games in his career
- He has been a free agent since leaving Everton at the end of the 2022/23 season
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Luton have completed the signing of former Tottenham and England winger Andros Townsend on a short-term deal.
The 32-year-old joins the Hatters after leaving Everton in the summer, where he had an injury-plagued spell.
After initially impressing upon his arrival at Goodison Park in 2021 – Townsend contributed seven goals and four assists in just 21 starts – he suffered a serious knee injury in March 2022 and has not played since.
He spent time at Burnley in the summer and revealed last month how he broke down in tears after a move fell through despite agreeing terms with the Clarets and being offered a contract.
Luton coach Rob Edwards confirmed after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Tottenham that the winger had been training with the club and the 32-year-old was now ready to add much-needed expertise and quality to the Hatters’ inexperienced squad Add Premier League.
Luton have completed the signing of Andros Townsend on a short-term contract until January
Rob Edwards welcomed the transfer and believes Townsend will add crucial top-flight experience
After the move was confirmed, Townsend, who has signed a contract until January, announced the club’s website: “I feel like it’s a good fit and the last few weeks (training with the club) have been good for both sides.”
“I saw where I could help this team and on the other hand the manager saw where I could help with my enthusiasm and experience – be it on the pitch, in the dressing room or on the training pitch.”
“Plus, Luton is my local team – I live 20-25 minutes away so I’ve been keeping an eye on their progress and watching the Championship play-off final and seeing them win promotion was great for the club .”
“I never thought I would ever put on the Luton jersey, so it’s a great honor to play for this club again in the Premier League and hopefully help this club get as many points as possible see where it takes us.”
Edwards was extremely pleased to have signed his new recruit – who also won 13 caps for England between 2013 and 2016 and played for Luton’s development squad last week – adding: “Andros certainly has Premier League quality, which he has shown here .” League and on the international stage.
“Of course he has had a difficult time with injuries through no fault of his own – and we wouldn’t be able to sign him if he had played in the last 18 months.”
“He was brilliant and his attitude was phenomenal. “He is a humble, hard-working person who we will benefit from having him at the training ground on a weekly basis.
Townsend left Everton in the summer after an injury-hit spell with Sean Dyche’s team
The winger also won 13 caps for England and made 264 Premier League appearances
“Young players will look up to him and think, ‘These are the standards I need to meet.’ He was impeccable.
“But we’re happy to have him.” “We hope he can do something positive – and we don’t understand why he won’t do that.”
After breaking through in Tottenham’s youth system, Townsend, who will wear the number 30 shirt at Luton, went on to make 264 Premier League appearances for Spurs, Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Everton.
The Hatters currently sit just outside the relegation zone in 17th place and return to action with a trip to Nottingham Forest on October 21st.