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GRAEME JONES ON HIS TWO NEW SIGNINGS

30 January 2020

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Hatters manager Graeme Jones spoke of his delight as he welcomed Cameron Carter-Vickers and Eunan O’Kane to the club today.

The pair join Peter Kioso as the second and third January signings that Jones has made this month, adding even more competitiveness to the Hatters’ squad.
 
Cameron Carter-Vickers has joined on-loan from Tottenham Hotspur until the end of the season, but the manager did start by saying he will have to earn his place in the team.
 
“He’ll have to earn that because Sonny, Matty and Donervon have been really good you know.
 
“It’s easy during a negative period to just think that everything is wrong and you don’t measure improvement. But Sonny and Matty have improved as the season has gone on and I’ve got a great deal of loyalty towards people that face adversity, turn up everyday and keep their standards high.
 
“They have got the character to say I’m ready to be picked gaffer, because only at that point do you get any adaptation and only at that point do you improve, and that’s what those two lads have done.”
 
The former Sheffield United and Stoke City loanee already has plenty of experience in the game and Jones was particularly pleased to have been able to strengthen defensively.
 
“We’ve brought Cameron in to help us, to help Sonny, Matty and Donervon. Cameron has the Championship experience that I was looking for, he’s a good age, he’s got international pedigree. I know him because when I was at West Brom we played against Graham Potter’s Swansea team last year, so I know what he’s capable of.
 
“The guy has played 76 games in the Championship I think, he’s had four different loan experiences and this is his fifth, so we’re not getting a guy who’s gone out on his first loan, he knows what the league is about, so that’s really pleasing.”
 
Eunan O’Kane is a more familiar face for the Luton faithful, having been at the club on loan last season.
 
“I’m delighted to have him,” the manager added. “We’ve got him in on an 18-month arrangement which is good for the long term as well, in the short term we have got to get him fit. It could be a fortnight, it could be six weeks, we don’t know – we have to get to work with him.
 
“Our medical team and our sport science team will get him up and running but one thing you can’t question is his pedigree.
 
"He’s played at every level of the game and he seems a wonderful boy, I think everybody else knows him better than I do, but I had a meeting with him today and I’m really impressed with his character and his commitment to his club, which is a big thing he’s not coming in blinded.
 

“He knows what the club is and he loves the club, it’s amazing the contact he’s had. He has always felt wanted here and understood, that was a big factor.”


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