Hatters terminate Carney’s contract

Luton Town have terminated the contract of first year professional Newman Carney, writes Mike Simmonds.

The 18-year-old had been on thin ice at Kenilworth Road in recent weeks with boss Paul Buckle saying last month, that the teenager was down to his final chance.

Carney had only signed his deal during the close season, but the manager had said: Newman knows where I stand with him and the levels I expect.

“If he can get up to those levels then great, if not, his future will be somewhere else.”

It appears the teenager, who made two appearances for the first team, didn’t heed those warnings though, as he was released on Wednesday afternoon.

A statement on the club’s official website said: “Newman was included in the squad’s pre-season training camp in Portugal as a first team player.

“He was subsequently not included in the team’s first pre-season fixture at Hitchin on July 16, before absenting himself from training without permission in the days following this fixture.

“An unsuccessful trial at a Football League club followed – undertaken with the club’s permission at his request – before another period of absences from training followed.

“The club tried to resolve the situation by asking Newman to commit fully to playing and training for the club.

“This offer was rejected and despite other attempts to loan Newman out to various clubs, no resolution could be found to the dispute, culminating in the decision to cancel Newman’s professional playing contract.

“Luton Town are extremely disappointed in the actions of such a young player who has come through the club’s academy since the age of 12.

“The club has tried everything in its power to resolve the dispute to allow Newman to pursue his career at Luton Town with the potential of an initial loan spell at another club to further his experience, but it was not to be.

“Therefore, reluctantly, the club has been left with no option other than to terminate Newman’s contract with immediate effect. Luton Town would like to wish Newman a successful future career.”

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