Hatters reject offer for Howells

Jake Howells
Jake Howells

Hatters boss John Still confirmed the club has turned down a bid from an un-named club for long-serving midfielder Jake Howells.

The 24-year-old has asked to leave Luton after making 317 appearances, with the club recently admitting they are open to offers.

““So we made him available, we had some enquiries, had an offer which we turned down, that’s exactly where it is.”

John Still

Still said: “He asked to go and he just felt he’d been here long enough.

“What he said was, ‘if I don’t try something else, maybe I never will try something else.’

“So we made him available, we had some enquiries, had an offer which we turned down, that’s exactly where it is.

“The fact he asked to go, I don’t think any less of him, I understand he’s helped get the club back into the Football League, had a year and needs to experience something else. I respect that, but it’s his choice not ours.”

Transfer-listed defender Fraser Franks is nearing the exit door too as Still continued: “I think we’ve done a deal with Fraser to move on now.

“We’ll have to wait on that, but we’re seeing players moving and formulating the squad.”

Still is looking to offload the likes of Matt Robinson, Curtley Williams and Alex Lacey too, but wants it to be done in the right way as he appreciates the job they have done while at Kenilworth Road.

He added: “There are some outgoings, but I’m always very respectful for player that have done well for this football club.

“It’s important you treat people with respect if you feel they’re not quite what you want.

“Players like Matt Robinson, Alex Lacey and Fraser Franks, these people helped us get into the Football League and we must treat them respectfully,

“If we feel like it’s time for them to move on we must help them and encourage them to do the right things without putting them under too much pressure and that’s exactly how I feel it.

“We’ve made them available, if nothing comes that they want then that’s fine, but at the other hand we have to move on in the direction that we think and there’s no disrespect for them.

“Last season when we had an unusual amount of injuries, we had quite a few games where (Steve) McNulty and (Luke) Wilkinson didn’t play and Fraser and Lacey have got to step up to the plate, together they found it difficult, I can’t allow that to happen this year, I can’t.

“They had the opportunity and I can only go on what it was.

“It’s hard when you have players who done well for you that respect and like, but business is business and as long as we treat them right, that’s what we’ll do.”