Cornick Head To Kenilworth - Smith Departs
Luton Town have confirmed the signing of Harry Cornick, and the departure of Jordan Smith.
Confirmation of Cornick's arrival came ahead of the League Cup first round tie with Ipswich Town yesterday evening, and the forward comes to us from Bournemouth on a two year deal for an undisclosed fee.
The 22 year old also has an option for a third year.
Speaking to the Official Site manager Nathan Jones explained.
'I`ve been an admirer of Harry`s for many years now. We tried to get him last year but it wasn`t possible, so when we knew he was available this time, we went straight into him. Fair play to the board, they`ve backed me once again on another signing which will provide extra competition in the attacking area. He`s different to what we`ve got. He can play wide, but we see him as a real quick front man who is a good age. He`s at that tip of being potential, but he`s not a young one. He`s brave, and he`s shown that with the loans he`s gone on. He is committed to playing football games. He`s not prepared just to stay in the comfort zone at Bournemouth. He had a number of offers, but chose to come here so we are delighted and are looking forward to working with him.'
He's been handed the No 14 shirt and could debut against Barnet at the weekend.
The player himself admitted that Jones had sold the club to him with his enthusiasm.
'It feels really good to be here. I`m excited to get started on the project and hopefully I can help Luton get promoted to League One. The gaffer sold it to me. He`s so enthusiastic. There is a good project at the club and I wanted to get on board and help do my bit. I can see the club really going places, so that`s the main reason I signed.'
Asked to describe himself as a player and explain what fans could expect.
'I`m an attacking player. My first thought is to go forward. I want to score goals and I want to get assists and get the fans on their feet. That`s the main thing. They come here to be excited and hopefully I can excite them this year.'
'Massively. This season is all about the league really and going up. That`s the main aim of the club, to get promoted, and hopefully we can achieve that.'
Heading out of the club earlier in the week was long serving Jonathan Smith. Smudge was our longest serving player on the books having joined from York City back in November 2012 on a loan before making it permanent in January.
The 30 year old made a total of 176 appearances for the club, scoring 11 times and he has mutually cancelled his contract at Kenilworth Road.
'Smudge is a great lad and since I came to the club he has given me everything. He`s been an exemplary professional and helped us to develop the playing style and culture of the football club. With the players we were bringing in for this season, however, he is someone we felt we couldn`t give the kind of game time he needs. To be fair to him we made him available to enable him to progress his career elsewhere, and he leaves with all our best wishes for his future career.'