Staying in the Football League was of paramount importance for Alex Lacey after witnessing first hand just how hard it is to escape the confines of the now re-branded National League.
The 22-year-old was part of a Hatters squad who took five years to achieve that goal, and after deciding to leave Luton, he didn’t want to go through it all again.
Fortunately Yeovil Town snapped him up on a two year deal, ensuring he is where he wants to be as Lacey said: “To be in the Football League was always an aim of mine, as I didn’t want to drop out of the league.
“All the experience I’ve had in the Conference has shown me it is a good league but it’s a tough league to get out of and definitely a risk to drop down.
“I think it would benefit me more if I could play in League Two and to play in League Two regularly was a much better option for me than to drop down to the Conference and play there.”
With the Glovers dropping down from League One last season, they have been tipped in some areas to make a swift return to the third tier of English football, although Lacey thinks his former club could have something to say about that this season.
He continued: “They’ll (Luton) be up there as strong contenders for the league, with the players they’ve signed and the players they’ve already got.
“It’s a strong squad, a massive club and it’s only really going one way. So hopefully they’ll keep on with their progressing forward, get the success and go up the leagues as they deserve.”
If Town do achieve their goal, it will be with a much-changed squad as boss John Still has brought in 10 new players, with 15 leaving too over the summer.
It was something Lacey and the rest of the personnel at Kenilworth Road were half expecting though as he added: “I thought he was going to bring in a few, some of the players weren’t happy with their playing time and were frustrated, just like I was.
“So I thought there would be quite a turnover of the squad as there was last season, and the other season as well, it didn’t really surprise me.”