Striker can’t wait to get going after signing two-year contract
Craig Mackail-Smith is a happy and relieved man after finally resolving his future by signing for the Hatters.
The striker spent pre-season training and playing for the Town following the expiry of his contract at former club Brighton & Hove Albion.
And after fruitful discussions with the Hatters’ hierarchy, Mackail-Smith cannot wait to get his Luton Town career under way after putting pen to paper a two-year deal.
“It feels good,” the 31-year-old told our official YouTube channel. “It’s been up in the air for the last few months. It’s good to get it sorted and now I can relax now and focus on my job.”
So how did the deal come about?
“I knew my contract at Brighton was up and I spoke to Dave Richardson [the Town’s fitness coach] and asked him if he could train me over the close season.
“John Still then invited me for pre-season training but there was no pressure, he just said ‘come and train with us and see how you feel’.
“I was welcomed in by everyone like one of their own and I just wanted to see what Luton had to offer. We had a chat on Monday and let them know my situation and I said I wanted to be part of a club that is growing and moving in the direction.”
An Achilles injury had restricted the striker’s appearances over the last two seasons but with the help of fitness coach Richardson that is now behind him.
“I never had an injury before I did my Achilles at Brighton and it was very difficult,” explains Mackail-Smith.
“Coming back and working with Dave has got me fit and healthy, I’ve had no repercussions, I’m getting stronger and playing regular football will help my body catch-up.
“Regular football is what I need. I don’t think I played two back-to-back games last season and I wasn’t enjoying it.
“I know the staff here will keep me fit and get my body right.”
You can watch the full interview with Craig for FREE by watching the exclusive interview courtesy of our official YouTube channel here.