Trotman signs first pro deal with Hatters

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Teenage defender Luke Trotman has signed his first professional contract with the Hatters.

The 17-year-old, who was born in Luton, is currently recovering from a double leg break suffered against Portsmouth in the Youth Alliance fixture against Portsmouth in September.

Trotman had only been in the second year of his youth scholarship but made his first team debut against Cambridge United in the FA Trophy last season.

Hatters boss John Still told the club’s official website: “It’s difficult not to be impressed with the attitude and application of Luke.

“The injury has only served to make him mentally stronger which is an important characteristic in any player.

“Luke is a very good player, too, and he has already shown me in the time that I have been at the club what an intelligent and athletic defender he is.

“His performances for the youth team, development squad and in the first team – on the one occasion he played last season – has shown us all what a bright future Luke has in the game.”

Academy chief Wayne Turner added: “It’s fantastic for Luke to be rewarded by the manager with a professional contract.

“Only seven weeks ago he broke his leg, yet before the FA Youth Cup match with Didcot on Tuesday he was jogging – a testament to Luke’s dedication and determination, and the work of our medical staff.

“Luke has all the attributes to make a top player. He’s got great running capacity and a real engine to get up and down the pitch.”