UPDATED: O’Donnell and Stevenson loaned out by Hatters

Midfielders Jim Stevenson and JJ O’Donnell have both been loaned out by the Hatters to Skrill Premier rivals, writes Mark Wood.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 28th November 2013, 6:03 pm
JJ O'Donnell - ltfc v Hitchin
JJ O'Donnell - ltfc v Hitchin

Stevenson, 21, who joined Luton from Skrill North side Histon in the summer has a total of five Conference and one FA Cup appearances to his name, has signed for Dartford until January, 4.

Meanwhile, O’Donnell, 22, who was signed by Luton from St Albans City and has appeared for Town three times this season and has scored three times in 51 games for the Hatters, has joined struggling Hyde until January 4.

Speaking at today’s press conference Town chief John Still had said: “We wouldn’t mind a couple of loans going out where we would feel it would benefit the individual.

“JJ’s found it hard to break into the first team and I think joining a club in our division will help him. It’s far from a closed door for JJ.

“I love Jim to bits. He’s been in the side and done OK, but he’s been a bit apprehensive a times.

“It’s a case of finding him somewhere to play six or seven games over the festive period so when he’s back he can become a really forceful player for us.

“We think a lot of him and I think going to Dartford will benefit him a lot.”

And Still is keen for both of the development players to grow and push for a regular first team place.

He added: “JJ would fall into that category at this particular moment of being a development player, he’s played in the first team, but if you looked for a classification…

“They’re all players that can quite easily make that next transition where you look at them as first team players that play in development games.

“I just think that we need to find ways, sometimes by loaning them and getting first team football that can aid them, and sometimes just by natural progression by coming through the ranks from the development to a senior development player, and I would probably look at Robbo (Matt Robinson) and JJ as senior development players.

“They’ve been on the bench and been involved in the first team as well, but it is that transition.”