Luton boss John Still has confirmed the club will offer a deal to Durham City AFC defender Lewis Gibbons.
The Northern League Division One side announced on their Facebook page that the centre back was about to join Hatters as they wrote: “Lewis Gibbons has been offered a contract by Luton Town which he is happy to accept, on behalf of everyone at the club we wish him all the best.”
Gibbons was the Sunderland U18s captain until his contract was terminated after being banned by the FA for failing a randoms drugs test as he tested positive for two prohibited substance after a match against Aston Villa on September 22, 2012.
But Still said: “He’s a young boy, but someone that I know, knows him well and he was very highly rated as a young man at Sunderland.
“Like lots of young men he did something really stupid, well we’ve all done stupid things, but for two years the boy has done nothing but training and waiting to see if he can get back in the game.
“We’ve had him in for a week and we will be doing something, yes.”
Town’s longest-serving player Jake Howells backed any additions his manager made, adding: “I’ve seen him in training, we haven’t really done a lot with him.
“We always have faith in who the gaffer brings in, we help him, get around him and talk to him as much as we can.
“He always brings in young players and we know what we’re going to get. He’s always going to nurture them the right way and teach them the right way.”