Hatters snap up defender O’Donnell

Stephen O'Donnell
Stephen O'Donnell

Luton Town have confirmed their fifth signing of the summer, with the capture of highly-rated defender Stephen O’Donnell from Scottish Premiership side Partick Thistle.

The 23-year-old, who made 139 appearances for the Jags in four years, was released by the club after his contract ran out and has penned a two year deal at Kenilworth Road.

Primarily a right-back, O’Donnell was initially on the books at Aberdeen as a youngster before moving to Celtic, but didn’t make a first team appearance at Parkhead.

He moved to Partick in 2011 and was named in the 2012/13 Scottish First Division Team of the Year, helping the Firhill outfit win promotion to the top flight.

Capped once at U21 level for Scotland, the Bellshill-born defender can also operate further forward, scoring 10 goals in the last four seasons, including a marvellous team effort against Dundee United in February.

O’Donnell’s form last season attracted the attention of CHampionship side Blackpool who had a bid of around £100,000 accepted by Partick, only for the defender to reject the move.

“He’s a very positive and enthusiastic player and he’s very keen to do well for himself.

John Still

However, he has now agreed to sign for Luton as manager John Still told the club’s official website: “One of our scouts alerted me about Stephen – we had a look and were very impressed.

“He’s a very positive and enthusiastic player and he’s very keen to do well for himself.

“During our conversations Stephen wanted to know exactly how we saw him as a player, how we played, and wanted to know precisely the club’s future plans, on and off the pitch. He’d certainly done his homework on us.

“He was a highly sought-after player and we’re thrilled he’s joined us.”