Hatters re-sign playmaker Andy Drury from Crawley
The Club are delighted to welcome back Andy Drury to Kenilworth Road who has signed from Crawley Town for a fee of £100,000.
The 30-year-old has penned a two-year contract with the Hatters, three years after the playmaker had left to join Championship Ipswich Town in 2011.
Drury first signed for the Hatters in the summer of 2010 from Stevenage and went onto enjoy a short but successful spell at Kenilworth Road that saw him score eight times and set-up many more in just 26 appearances.
He left Bedfordshire for Portman Road at the end of the January transfer window and went onto make a total 62 appearances in the Championship for the East Anglian outfit.
However, following a change of manager, his opportunities with Ipswich became limited and Drury was loaned to Crawley in September 2011 where he impressed with four goals 15 games.
Drury then made the move to the Broadfield Stadium permanently last summer and scored five times for the Red Devils in League 1 last term. He played in 41 of the Crawley’s 46 league fixtures last season.
The midfielder is John Still’s four signing of the summer – following the arrivals of defender Curtley Williams and strikers Ross Lafayette and Ricky Miller.
Still told lutontown.co.uk: “We’ve had to be patient to sign Andy but now we have secured his signature I’m absolutely thrilled.
“I’ve known Andy since he was at Ebbsfleet and last season, on the night we won the league, it was Andy who I was watching at Crawley. I’ve always been an admirer and when I was told there might be a chance of signing him I jumped at it.
“He’s a very experienced player and who has got that extra nous too. He’s played in the Championship and in League 1 in recent seasons and I know what he’s capable of.
“I see Andy as a central midfield player but he is flexible enough to play in variety of positions and that’s always a big plus.
“When we had the conversation it was clear he was keen to come back to Kenilworth Road because he left before he could help the club to promotion.
“This year he could have stayed in League 1 but he has decided to join us again because he wants to push on – and, because he’s a good player, I am sure that will be the case.”
On his return, Drury – who took part in pre-season training with his new team-mates on Monday, said: “I’ve come back to Luton as a better player than when I left.
“It’s a great opportunity for me, this club might be back in the Football League now but it is still not at the level it deserves to be.”
An exclusive interview with Andy is now available be on Hatter Player.