Hatters add to their striking options by clinching 17-goal forward Ross Lafayette's signature
Striker Ross Lafayette has become the Town’s second signing of the summer.
The 28-year-old arrives at Kenilworth Road on a two-year contract having netted an impressive 17 goals in 41 games for Welling United in the Skrill Premier in the season just gone.
Among those goals included a fine, curling strike for Welling against the Hatters in April at Park View Road.
The strong and pacey frontman has enjoyed two successful seasons with the Kent club, who he helped win the Conference South title in the 2012/13 campaign. In total Lafayette netted 39 times in just 90 appearance in Welling colours.
He was a regular goalscorer with Hemel Hempstead and Wealdstone prior to signing for Welling and has also experienced coaching in the United States’ Major League Soccer camps.
John Still, who has been tracking the progress of the striker who has impressed against the Town this term, told lutontown.co.uk: “Ross is a player we have had on our radar for a number of years, he’s always someone we’ve had in mind.
“He was one we thought about signing had we not captured Paul Benson. We signed Paul so we left it there, but subsequently he went on and enjoyed a terrific season with Welling last year.
“He showed that he could make the step-up from the Conference South to the Conference Premier. Ross has a lot of ingredients which make him an ideal signing. He’s quick, he’s strong and he knows how to score goals.
“However, the one thing that stood out for me during the talks was the player’s hunger and desire to do well for himself. That was the key.
“Ross knows that he’s got to work his absolute socks off to do well at Luton Town to be a success and I back him 100 per cent to do exactly that.”
An exclusive interview with Ross will be available on Hatters Player.