Town defender Amari’ Bell hailed the ‘resilience’ shown by his Hatters team-mates after their superb season ultimately finished with play-off disappointment on Monday night, also paying tribute to club’s ‘fantastic’ supporters as well.
The 28-year-old, who was signed in the summer on a free transfer after leaving Blackburn Rovers, had a terrific individual campaign, starting 40 of the Hatters’ 46 regular season matches, also playing both play-off games too.
He netted one goal, the winner at Barnsley, back in August, and was one of a few who didn’t suffer with injury in the latter stages of the campaign, Town without up to eight players in their two-legged clash against Huddersfield, including one of the biggest misses in 17-goalk striker Elijah Adebayo.
Despite that, Town still reached the top six and pushed the Terriers all the way, beaten 2-1, when they deserved more, especially in the second leg, a host of chances going begging, Bell himself nodding narrowly wide from Allan Campbell’s cross in the second half.
Tweeting after the contest, Bell wrote: “The resilience we showed among the adversity over the course of the season was amazing.
"We hold our heads high.
"To the supporters, you were fantastic right the way through pushing us over the line at times and can’t wait be be back at the Kenny with you #COYH.”
Bell’s efforts over the season were certainly appreciated by the Hatters faithful too, as taking to social media, @LTFC_Dave commented: “Enjoy the summer Amari'i, you deserve it.
“Been an absolutely fantastic signing.
“We'll be back next season and stronger than ever.”
@OhWhenTheTown: “You sir are a baller, have a good break.”
@Stalte3: “You have been consistently one of our best players all season.
“A joy to watch you. So glad you signed.
“Enjoy the summer and let’s go again!”
@jamie_castle96: “Unreal first season from you Amari’i.
“Enjoy your summer, rest up and we’ll go again on the Luton rollercoaster in July.”
@BrandJLancaster: “You and everyone else were brilliant this whole season!!!
“Top 6 and a league play offs in the middle.
“Yes it's unfortunate that @LutonTown are not in the final but we come back stronger next season #COYH.”
@JamieAmis: “Well done this season Amari’i.
“I am glad the move away from Rovers has gone well for ya fella!.”
@MacbethSeath: “What a season you had Amari'i.
“Superb, must've been the only player to be as available as you were.
“Enjoy the break and go again.”
@JasonLTFC: “What a brilliant first season you had Amari’i.
“You’ve established yourself as one of our most important players and hope you’ve enjoyed your first season at Luton as much as the fans have enjoyed watching you.”
@petehatter: “Obviously everyone is disappointed we could not complete the dream but us as fans are so proud of everyone at the club and what has been achieved this season. We go again #coyh.”
@nickverney: “The comment I’m seeing from virtually every Luton fan is pride and that’s down to Nathan 2020 all the staff and the players so thank you.”
@SellarsStacey: “Amari'i so glad you signed for us. Hope you enjoy playing at Luton.
“We feel like we are a special club. Can't wait to see you next season.
“Enjoy your break!”
@SelkirkIan: “Been immense this season Amarii.
“Rest up, we go again.”
@jane738: “Thank you for all your efforts over the past year.
“Have a wonderful rest with your family.”
@Andy_Peacock: “It's been a pleasure watching you all this season.
“You have played with such hunger, desire and determination. So proud of you all.”
@davefinan82: “You have been great for us this season and all of you players have done us proud.
“We will come back even stronger next season.”