Striker settling in well as pre-season progresses
Danny Hylton believes the week-long pre-season training camp in Hungary has helped him and his fellow new signings settle into life at Luton Town much quicker than he’d normally expect.
The 27-year-old striker arrived at Kenilworth Road in May alongside fellow League Two promotion winner at Oxford, Johnny Mullins, and had spent a week training with his new team-mates at Ely Way before flying out to the Hungarian Football Federation’s HQ on July 3rd.
Speaking to lutontown.co.uk back at the training ground, Hylton said: “It was hard work. We had to knuckle down in training with lots of double sessions, but we had time to bond and for me personally, and the new lads, it was good to get to know everyone. They made it really easy to settle in and I feel like I've been here ages now.
“There was a few laughs and jokes and we did a few little things, but it makes it easier to settle in with all the lads and I feel like I'm part of the team now.
“The facilities were top class. The pitches were lovely, the food was too. There were no distractions, no excuses. You could go there and really knuckle down for two or three sessions a day - whatever the gaffer wanted us to do.
“We had a good game at the end of it against Paksi; a good test against a team who were at the other end of their pre-season. They are starting their league this Saturday, so they were fitter, stronger, and it was a good run-out. All in all, it was a good week.”
Already feeling at home with the Hatters, Hylton has been impressed with Nathan Jones’ other signings this summer – and those still in place from last season, when he was on the receiving end of a 3-2 Hatters win at the Kassam Stadium in mid-April.
“There are some great players here and the boys who have come in have fitted in well, it's not just me,” said Hylton. “The lads make it really easy to settle in and I think you see the benefits of that in training and in games because people aren't in their shells.
“People play with freedom and the boys that were here last year, I know what they are capable of because we played against them and we got the run around during the game at times, so I'm looking forward to a successful season.”
Asked when a player starts to get a sense of what can be achieved during the season ahead, the man who hit 14 goals in Oxford’s promotion campaign replied: “I think that starts now. We need to get it drummed into us what we want to achieve.
“We'll keep that in-house between us, but yes, we want to be successful – especially because we were successful last year at Oxford and it just makes me more hungry.
“I want to experience that again, because it was a fantastic season – probably the best season of my life – to be involved in. I want that again. I'm not just happy with one. I want to go again this year.”
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