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19 July 2012

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Boss is keen to instil positive attitude

Town boss Paul Buckle is delighted with the positive attitude his younger stars have shown since he has been at the club.

The manager’s comments come after a young team impressed in the second half of the Hatters’ opening friendly of the season at Hitchin on Monday evening.

One of those, trialist Matt Robinson, an 18-year-old recently released by Leicester, impressed so much that the manager snapped up the free agent on a two-year contract.

And, as Buckle admitted, the right attitude can go a long way.

“Matt is a real prospect – it’s not often I will give out two year contracts to an 18-year-old,” he told

“The term trailist is not a nice one. You’re on show and under pressure to produce, more often than not in a short space of time.

“What I like about Matt – apart from his obvious ability – is that he has a huge desire to do well and a never-say-die attitude.”

Buckle introduced the likes of Alex Lacey, JJ O’Donnell, Alasan Ann and Dan Walker alongside Robinson on Monday evening.

With all signed up to professional deals, Buckle has assured them if they show the same kind of attitude and commitment then they will warrant serious consideration for a first team berth.

He said: “There’s a tendency these days for players to have the wrong attitude and to be influenced by others.

“You can have all the talent in the world but you’ll get no-where with a bad attitude. I see that as a major weakness.

 “Against Hitchin all the younger players were fantastic and it’s important that they know that given the chance there’s a pathway to the first team for them.

“The players have a commitment from me to help them development as long as they are committed to us by working hard on the training field and when they are given the opportunity in matches.

“In my opinion that way you have more of a chance of making a successful career.”



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