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1 July 2014

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Hatters playmaker admits he returns as an improved footballer

After putting pen to paper on a two-year contract to re-join the Hatters, midfielder Andy Drury made a frightful admission: he’s returning to Kenilworth Road a better player.

The 30-year-old only made 26 (albeit impressive) appearances for the Town in the 2010/11 campaign before the lure of a move to the Championship with Ipswich whisked him away.

But after finally securing a move back to Bedfordshire from League 1 side Crawley on Monday, Drury feels his time in the Football League has made him better than he ever has been.

“The experience of playing regularly in the Championship and in League 1 has made me a better player,” Drury exclusively told Hatters Player. “I do feel I am a better player now than I was when I first left Luton. I feel like I’ve learnt how to play the game better.”

With statements like that, it’s difficult not to get carried away as the Town prepare for life back in the Football League for the first time since 2009. So do those words put pressure on him?

“Absolutely not,” says Drury. “I’m just being honest, I feel as though I am a better player. The Luton fans can help me – and the team – because with their support behind you there’s nothing better. 

“I’ve always enjoyed playing in front of them and felt I had a good rapport with them. The fans’ support will always be one of the greatest memories for me. There’s no greater feeling than playing in front of 8,000 passionate supporters.”

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