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9 May 2013

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Midfielder pays tribute to boss and looks ahead to promotion challenge

Solomon Taiwo has vowed to repay the faith shown in him by manager John Still by helping the Town win promotion next season.

The 28-year-old signed a one-year contract on Tuesday after making 10 appearances in the final two months of the season for the Hatters.

With a pre-season to look forward and the assurances of a contract for the next 12 months, the midfielder hopes the 2013/14 campaign can be a successful one with Still at the helm.

“The plans presented to be my John made me think that this club can progress and be successful,” Taiwo told Hatters Player

“There comes a time when you sit down and say to yourself ‘how much do I want to achieve?’ I weighed up the options and felt the one presented to be by John and Luton Town was the one for me.

“The drive and desire John has shown to get out of this league and win the title was very attractive – he’s been a massive part behind me signing here and I owe it to him and Luton Town to do well.

“The carrot has been dangled. I know what I want and how to get it. I know that as long as I do that I can put the shifts in and help us win games and ultimately promotion.”

The Hatters ended the season with a five-match unbeaten run that cumulated in a seventh place finish and Taiwo believes there’s more to come from the team – and from the man himself.

“I thought I played alright – I could have done better,” said Taiwo, who scored once for the Town in the 2-2 draw at Cambridge.

“In a lot of the games I thought we battered teams but we just couldn’t score the goals. There were chances where we’ve hit the woodwork or had a lot shots off target that I know can be converted next season – and that will give us a great opportunity. 

“The Conference, though, is not an easy division. It’s shown that it’s a league in which anything can happen, and that means you cannot afford to take your foot off the gas.

“However, with pre-season under our belts there’s definitely more to come. For me that is vital. Friendlies and pre-season will give me the chance to work on fitness and work on the understanding between the other players. These are the games to do that because it was difficult to get up to speed so quickly in league matches.”

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