Midfielder can't wait for League return
Fully fit and raring to go, Alex Lawless is looking forward to testing himself in the Football League.
The 29-year-old has appeared just 14 times in the Football League – when playing for Torquay in League 2 in 2005/06 – and the midfielder is now relishing the opportunity of league action after eight seasons in the Conference.
“No disrespect to those clubs in the Conference but after all these years it’s going to be refreshing change, coming up against different clubs and visiting some new grounds,” Lawless told Hatters Player.
“It can get a bit relentless playing the same clubs every season – I’d be saying the same thing if I had played seven successive seasons in League 2 – but the time has come for a fresh challenge and it’s very exciting.”
While the League doesn’t hold completely new territory for the Welshman, bar those few appearances down in Devon, Lawless is aiming to prove to the people who said to him he could cut it among the elite 92.
He said: “Over the years I’ve received a lot of nice compliments from team-mates, opponents, friends and family that I would do well if I played in the League.
“Well I will be next season and it’s nice that I’ve earned the opportunity to do so after the success of the last campaign.
“I’ll be grabbing that chance and I aim to prove those people right. Words, though, mean nothing until you’ve achieve something so next season will be big for me and a lot of the lads. I think half of the squad have a point to prove.”
Having swept all before them to clinch the Conference title last season, Lawless says there’s no reason why the Hatters can’t enjoy another campaign of success in League 2.
“I am all for aiming high,” says the former York and Forest Green man. “I don’t think you can achieve anything without that mentality. Of course there has to be some control to it, and deep down some realism.
“But we’ve just got promoted and you’ve seen clubs win back-to-back promotions before so why not us? With our squad and the backing of our fans we’ll be aiming high and going for it.
“Last season’s achievement really hit home what promotion meant to everything associated with this club. It goes without saying that we all want more of the same.”
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