Hatters midfielder Cameron McGeehan believes that a lack of discipline within the club has been rooted out since boss Nathan Jones took over.
The 21-year-old had cut a visibly frustrated figure at times last term as Luton’s expected promotion push failed to materialise.
“People weren’t pulling their weight because they were allowed to get away with it, whereas the new gaffer doesn’t take any of that.”Cameron McGeehan
Former boss John Still eventually paid for the poor performances with his job in December, with Jones appointed as his successor in January.
Since the Brighton first team coach has come in, McGeehan believes standards at the club have improved dramatically as he said: “There was a lack of discipline at times, not when the new gaffer came in, I think before.
“People weren’t pulling their weight because they were allowed to get away with it, whereas the new gaffer doesn’t take any of that.
“He’s really on discpline and rules and regs and that’s what we need as a team that wants to do well.”
One thing Jones has done is cut down the over-inflated squad that had been put together at Kenilworth Road, with more than 30 first team pros meaning a number were left kicking their heels on match days.
McGeehan felt that played a part in the poor atmosphere at the place too, as he continued: “I don’t think you need a huge amount of players as there was a lot of unhappy players last year and a lack of professionalism with some.
“That filters through, gives you a negative atmosphere and it’s not what you want.
“You want a small squad of hard-working players and that’s what we’ve got, it’s going well, so we’re happy with that.”
One thing that Luton never fully recovered from last term was a desperately disappointing start, as they failed to win any of their opening five League Two matches.
It was often brushed aside by then manager Still, with the comment that his teams ‘started slowly’, but McGeehan didn’t feel that was the case.
He said: “I didn’t really understand that one, I think it was a bit of an excuse.
“I’m not trying to bad-mouth John Still as he got me to this club and helped me loads in my career, but I didn’t understand that when he kept saying that.
“I think his fitness was all long runs, whereas this is a lot shorter, sharper and game realistic, so you can actually use it in a game potentially.
“That’s why we looked a bit sharper against Bedford, while last season we went to Hitchin and drew 0-0 which wasn’t very good even though it was a pre-season game.”
McGeehan was quick to praise Jones’ modern approach to training too and expects it will pay dividends, adding: “The manager is completely different, it’s nothing like it was last year. We’ve got a new sports scientist in (Jared Roberts-Smith) who’s top level and the gaffer’s brought his own principles to it.
“It’s a lot shorter and sharper, the intensity has been raised rather than just the length of sessions.
“I think everything about the place is better and it’s going to breed a lot more professional attitude.
“I’m very excited about the season as are all the lads. We’re all working hard everyone’s a lot more switched on, everyone’s eating better, everyone’s got diets sorted out too.
“It’s a more modern game now, the gaffer’s modern and got big aspirations personally.
“Hopefully he can do it at Luton and I think he will, he’s a top manager, the best manager I’ve had.
“His detail and work-rate, it filters through to the players. They see that and want to work for him and push themselves as far as they can as that’s what he does, personally and for the club.”