Hatters pair ‘quietly confident’ of promotion

Determined duo Mark Tyler and Ronnie Henry are ‘quietly confident’ this can finally be the year Luton lift themselves out of the Conference, writes Mark Wood.

L13-897 LTFC v Aston Villa. wk 30.
L13-897 LTFC v Aston Villa. wk 30.

And experienced keeper Tyler is hoping the fear factor added by new winger Shaun Whalley could prove telling.

He said: “Looking at how strong the league is and what we’ve got in this camp, I think the gaffer’s brought quality in.

“Shaun Whalley really excites me, I think everyone saw what he’s capable of on Tuesday night. I think we’ll have a great foundation at the back.

“I don’t think the gaffer will chop and change like he did last year, so a bit of stability there and I’m looking forward to the season and quietly confident.”

Henry is also determined to leave the Hatters in a better situation than what he joined them in when he signed last summer from Stevenage.

He said: “I dropped from League One to come here to get promoted from the Conference and to get this big club in my eyes out of the Conference and I’ve got another year left on my contract and I would like to leave here, whether it’s next year, two years time, three years time, I don’t know, in a better place than it was when I first turned out.

“With the manager and experience we’ve got here and the work ethic from the players, I think it’s going to be very promising I think the fans can be excited about it.”

Town have shown flashes of what they are capable of during pre-season, but for Tyler it’s all about being ready for the start of the season.

He added: “We’ve had three weeks coming up now and we’ve put all the hard graft in these three weeks and to be fair we’ve come out of it quite well, not that many injuries, which is great.

“Yeah we look tired in the games like you’d expect but I think we played really well second half at Hitchin. I think at Boreham Wood it was just to get the cobwebs out so hopefully we can progress a bit more, hopefully enjoy the home friendlies.

“Obviously yes you want to win the games in pre-season, but ideally you want to get match sharp for the first game on the 10th.”