1 Luton move in to new St Albans training base

Hatters have agreed a deal to use pitches at the Woollam's Playing Fields off Harpenden Road.

The arrangement will allow Town players to use changing facilities before sessions and eat at the location afterwards.

The previous set-up saw players train at Luton Rugby Club in Newlands Road and have to travel back to Kenilworth Road to shower and eat afterwards.

It is hoped the improved conditions on the land owned by St Albans School will help to attract prospective new recruits to the club.

Boss Mike Newell told Luton Today: "They have loads of pitches there and the surface is very good and kept very well.

"The bonus will be having so much area so that we can move about and not hammer the same area every time.

"With us only having two pitches before, and with one being regularly used for youth team games, it was hard for the groundsman to keep on top of it.

"We just think we'll get a bit more quality on the better surface. When you use other people's training grounds you can get more out of them and it suits us being a footballing side."

Newell added: "It's a step in the right direction. It's not ours obviously and we're in the hands of the school, but we're very grateful to them."

The deal has been tied in with Hatters' plans of having a permanent training base alongside its proposed new 22,000 ground on land off the M1 Junction 12.

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