Striker Vassell earns new contract until summer of 2018
To kick-off a big week of what we all hope will be perfect presents for Hatters fans, we are delighted to announce that one of the Town’s brightest young stars’ future has been wrapped up before Christmas.
Striker Isaac Vassell has put pen to paper on a new contract to keep him at Kenilworth Road until the summer of 2018.
The 22-year-old was snapped up in July after chief recruitment officer Mick Harford had spotted him last season playing for National League South side Truro City, and persuaded manager Nathan Jones to take him on trial.
After impressing during pre-season training, the lightning-quick Cornishman signed a one-year deal which contained an option for the Hatters to extend it to the end of next season if he impressed further, which he has done in his eight starts and 15 substitute appearances.
Vassell has become a favourite with the Town fans with his energetic displays, and recently scored his first goal for the club in the 2-0 win at Morecambe (pictured below), after which Jones described him as an “animal”.
Speaking to lutontown.co.uk today, Jones was equally emphatic in his delight at tying Vassell down.
“We are delighted with the progress Isaac has made,” said Jones. “We gave him an opportunity and he’s grabbed it with both hands.
“He’s different to what we’ve got and he’s hungry – that’s why we’ve decided to take up the option and give him a new contract.
“Over the five months since he’s been here he’s done really well to impress us and grasp his chance.
“He’s had a few peaks and troughs over that time, but overall he’s proved to be a real asset and we are excited by him with what he brings to us.”
Vassell, who started his career with Plymouth Argyle before dropping into Non-League in 2014, added: “I’m absolutely buzzing, but I know I need to keep doing what I’ve been doing and work even harder to improve.
“I feel I’ve played my part in recent weeks and I’m settled at the club and living in the area after moving up from the south-west.
“Hopefully I can keep developing with the great coaching we get here under the gaffer, Paul Hart and Joaquin Gomez, as well as learning from the more experienced players around me who’ve been a massive help in my first few months.”