Howells is back in the fray at Kenilworth Road

Jake Howells is back in the Hatters' squad now
Jake Howells is back in the Hatters' squad now

Hatters’ current longest-serving player Jake Howells has made a dramatic return to the squad ahead of tomorrow’s League Two clash at Exeter City.

The 24-year-old hasn’t played for Luton since the final game of last season and was put on the transfer list at his own request in the summer.

Despite the club receiving one bid for his services, Hatters turned it down and Howells eventually spent a month on loan at Yeovil Town.

However, speaking to the official website, Howells, who has made 317 appearances for Luton, said: “Maybe I took some wrong steps in my career – at the time I felt that was the best for me personally.

“Selfishly that’s what I chose to do and it didn’t work out.

“I still think I can give something to the squad. I’ll give 100 per cent and everyone knows I’m a Luton boy, it’s all I know.

“Maybe I took some wrong steps in my career – at the time I felt that was the best for me personally.”

Jake Howells

“Going to Yeovil was a massive eye-opener. It showed me what other clubs are like. Everything that has happened in the summer, and going to Yeovil, is something I can learn from and use to my advantage now.”

Howells’ return to the fray was agreed before Thursday’s departure of manager John Still – but the academy graduate is now hoping the team can end a run of four straight defeats at Exeter this weekend.

He added: “Hopefully I can help the boys and the new signings as much as I can with my experience of the club.

“The plan is to get us up the table sooner rather than later.”