Hatters confirm signing of former Stoke keeper Isted

Luton Town finally confirmed the signing of former Stoke City goalkeeper Harry Isted on a one year deal this afternoon.

Thursday, 27th July 2017, 11:34 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th September 2017, 12:25 pm
Harry Isted signs for the Hatters

The 20-year-old joined the Potters in January 2016 from Southampton, making one first team appearance for the Britannia Stadium outfit – a 1-0 defeat to Bradford City in the Checkatrade Trophy last season.

He was a regular for Stoke in their U23s side during his time there, where he picked up the Premier League U18s save of the season for 2015/16, for a magnificent double stop against Manchester City.

Isted has been on trial with the Hatters during pre-season, playing against Hitchin Town in the club's opening friendly, plus heading out with the squad to Slovenia for their training camp too.

Speaking to the Hatters' official website, Isted, who will be third choice behind Marek Stech and James Shea, said: “It feels great to be here. It’s a really good club and it looks like it’s going to be a really promising season and I am excited to be a part of it.

“It’s an excellent club that promotes youth and I really feel I can be competition for the other two keepers.

"It’s somewhere I think I can progress. You see a player like Jack Senior in and involved in the first team.

“I have been training with Marek Stech and James Shea and it’s really competitive for those starting places. I have been loving it.

"They’re a great bunch of lads and I think we just keep pushing each other on, so it’s good healthy competition.”

Meanwhile, boss Nathan Jones added: "We have got our two senior keepers in, we wanted to bring in a young third goalkeeper that would push the other two and has good pedigree that we can develop, hopefully into a first team keeper.

“Obviously now we have got those keepers it makes us a lot stronger outfit in the goalkeeper department and with God’s will, we won’t need to be taking any loans.

“We have got him at a good age, he has been at some good clubs in terms of Southampton and Stoke. So now we are looking for him to kick on, make his debut with us and to develop into a player who can play for Luton Town.”