O’Brien ready to carve out a career at Kenilworth Road

Mark O'Brien
Mark O'Brien

Hatters’ 10th signing of the summer Mark O’Brien is grateful to Luton for taking the plunge to sign him after his release from Derby County.

The 22-year-old was unveiled as Luton’s latest addition during the club’s pre-season tour of Portugal last week.

“I was over the moon and delighted that Luton have taken the chance of bringing me to the club.”

Mark O’Brien

O’Brien had enjoyed a successful a loan spell at Motherwell last year, but with the change in manager at Pride Park, with Paul Clement replacing Steve McClaren, he found his services no longer required.

He said: “I felt as though, with the change of manager and the direction that club is going, I need to make a career for myself now.

“I was over the moon and delighted that Luton have taken the chance of bringing me to the club.

“When I heard about where Luton are progressing to and where they should be, it was a no-brainer to join as they’re a massive club.

“Once they asked me to go on the pre-season tour to Portugal, I was more than happy to pack up everything within the space of a day and fly over.”

On deciding to become a Luton player, O’Brien was immediately whisked off with the rest of the squad to their Portugal training camp and felt the timing of everything had been ideal.

He continued: “You want to get to know your team-mates as quick as you can.

“There’s no better opportunity than a pre-season tour when you have to stay in the same hotel and have to get on with each other, and the whole group got on like a house on fire, so it went as well as I’d hoped.”