Absent friends


>> There were a couple of notable absentees when Luton Town returned for pre-season training on Wednesday.

Lewis Emanuel and Ian Henderson were both missing on the day as Town's team for next season were weighed and had their fitness tested.

Manager Mick Harford said: "Ian Henderson is out of contract and we decided against offering him another contract.

"We are still speaking to Lewis. Lewis is undecided at the moment where his future lies.

"We are negotiating with Lewis and his agent. It will come to a point where he will have to take it or leave it.

>> Norwich City boss Bryan Gunn is hoping that both Chris Martin and Michael Spillane have matured during their time at Luton.

Branded "Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum" by former manager Glenn Roeder, they were sent to Kenilworth Road last term to gain experience.

But Gunn was surprised to see the pair seated together again on their first day back at training.

He said: "I couldn't believe it when I looked round the dressing room and they were sitting together again.

"There they were, but I decided not to call them their pet names.

"We hope they have come back as men – we hope they have.

"Being sent out on loan and then the experience of being at Luton – and the hardships that they had to go through – at a club that tried very hard to get themselves out of that situation... I'm hopeful that they have learned from that experience and that they'll come back into the squad.

"They're both good football players. Very good football players.

"So, hopefully, they haven't lost that. And I'm sure they haven't. I saw them both at Wembley. I saw them both play earlier in the season against Plymouth Argyle in the League Cup and Ian Crook went down to see them with Paul Crichton."

>> A Luton Town U19 team is set to play Langford on Saturday to help the mid Beds team celebrate their centenary.

The game, organised by Alan Neilson and Langford committee member Alex Ward, had been due to be played last year, but due to Luton's difficult situation it was unable to take place.

Kick-off for the game is 3pm, with adult entry 5 with a programme. Concessions get in for 2.50, while U14s accompanied by an adult are free.

>> Mercurial winger Dean Morgan has been handed a trial by Championship outfit Barnsley.

The former Luton Town forward, whose contract expires this summer, is available on a free transfer after being released by the Hatters.

After a great start to life at Kenilworth Road, Morgan found himself marginalised and was last season farmed out to loan at Leyton Orient where the 25-year-old impressed by scoring five goals for the O's.

>> A modified club crest is set to be unveiled by Luton Town when they take on a Manchester United XI in a friendly at Kenilworth Road on Tuesday, July 28.

The Hatters will also unveil a new home strip and new club sponsors on

the night.