Alfie Doughty | "I'm very excited"

“He just showed belief in me that I haven’t really found in myself recently and I think with him telling me what he believes I can do, then it was a no brainer really.”


New arrival Alfie Doughty revealed just how much of an impact manager Nathan Jones had on his arrival at Kenilworth Road earlier today.

Speaking at the training ground after penning a permanent deal with the Hatters, Doughty said: “I’m looking forward to it. I’m very excited, it is a fresh start and I want to get started straight away.”

It wasn’t just words of wisdom from the gaffer that convinced the 22-year-old to move to Bedfordshire but having watched the progression of the football club over the last few years, it is something the left-sided player is keen to be a part of.

“I think over the last few years they are just getting better and better. Everybody can see that and I think the league knows that as well. Getting top half the year before and then last year, top six, you can tell the team is just getting better and better and that was definitely one of the reasons why I’m here.”

On loan at Cardiff City for the second half of last season, he featured against Jones’ side though his match ended early through injury. However, it was a further chance to assess the Hatters and he added – “throughout the season it was easy to watch, especially that game as well. You could see how much it means to everybody. I think there was one player carrying a really bad injury and he still carried on, so the character of this team is top class.”

Finally, what can fans expect to see from London-born Doughty?

“Someone who believes going forward is the only option really. I think my speed and attacking approach is just going to let people know I’m quick and I get forward all the time. I think that is one thing that is good about me.

“You always set goals at the start of the season and scoring goals is one of them.” Equally with the attacking quality already at Kenilworth Road, Doughty said: “You know you can put a ball in the box and know at least one of them is going to be there, so it will be enjoyable.”

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