The Hatters are pleased to announce the signing on a free transfer of former Wigan Athletic and Blackpool defender Donervon Daniels, who heads straight out on loan to Sky Bet League One side Doncaster Rovers until January.
The 25-year-old has been on trial with the Town for the last few weeks, having made nearly 100 career appearances for the likes of Tranmere Rovers, Gillingham and Aberdeen.
After beginning his career at West Bromwich Albion, Daniels left the Hawthorns without making an appearance, signing for the Latics in 2015 and was a stalwart in the side that won promotion from League One.
Following his release from the DW Stadium in 2018, he spent last season at Bloomfield Road, helping Terry McPhillips’ side to a 10th placed finish in Sky Bet League One.
Graeme Jones said of his most recent signing: “He is 25, six-foot-two, lightning quick, good on the ball and there’s not many players like that available on a free transfer. He has had one or two personal issues in the last six to eight months and we’re now looking for him to get minutes on loan at Doncaster in order for him to get fitter, get sharper and quicker, to see where he is in January.
“The big thing for me with Donervon was his commitment not to sign for a League One club, he really believes he is a Championship player and was prepared to go on trial to prove himself. When you hear things like that you think ‘this is unique, this is somebody who wants to better himself’. I think he has got all the tools, all the equipment, he has played 100 games now.
“He was a big player for Wigan when they got promoted from League One to the Championship. He played right-wingback, anywhere across the back five. I think now is the opportunity for Donervon to grab his opportunity, to make the most of his time at Doncaster, to max out and then I think he is capable of playing in the Championship. So it’s an opportunity for Donervon, for Doncaster and for us to see where he is.
“He will get brilliant defensive coaching from Darren Moore, who obviously I worked with. He’s as good as there is at shutting the backdoor, he speaks the centre-back’s language and he couldn’t be going to a better manager in my opinion to get the right education, because Darren will try and play as well. It’s an investment for the club and we will reap the rewards long term.”
Donervon was delighted to put pen-to-paper on a deal with the Town as he said: "I’m really happy to get it all finalised and done so I can focus on my football and hit the ground running.
"I’ve been at Luton for quite a bit of time over the summer, training and working out a deal. The gaffer is really good friends with the gaffer here and it was put to me that I could come here with a view to getting consistent football and helping me continue to improve as a player.”
Welcome to Luton Town, Donervon, and good luck at the Keepmoat Stadium!