Still not making any changes to pre-season routine

John Still
John Still

Hatters boss John Still will stick to his tried and tested routine when the players return for pre-season training next Monday.

The Town chief, who has been in management for over 30 years now, told the club’s official website: “It’ll be business as usual.

“It’ll be the same format, the same pattern. We’ll get the players used to how we want them to play. Nothing changes.

“I’m sure we’ve all enjoyed this summer but it’s all about getting back to work.”

With Hatters will be preparing for life in League Two, Still is continuing to look at strengthening his squad for the challenge ahead after making just two signings so far in Curtley Williams and Ross Lafayette.

He continued: “Last year we knew we needed players that could compete in the Conference.

“I personally believe the gap between the two divisions isn’t that big, but that’s not to say we’ll be going for players that have exclusively experience of just League Two, or just of the Conference.

“You don’t always know how players are going fair, but my experience tells me if you have a gut feeling about a player then act on it.

“In both Curtley and Ross’ cases the key factor was their hunger and their ambition to do well for themselves.

“Sometimes I can just smell the hunger and desire on a player and sometimes it’s enough to tip me over the edge one way or the other. With these two it was a positive tip.”

Hatters will start their campaign at Carlisle United, a side who were relegated from League One last season, but Still wants them to approach the new term with confidence.

He added: “I said when I first came here it was about small steps, and these are just a few small steps for this football club.

“We’ve got to make sure we take these steps steady and cleanly, and at one at a time. We’ve moved up after a fantastic season last year: now is not the time to take two steps back.”