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Academy | Paul Benson and Wayne Turner appointed

3 May 2023

Club News

Academy | Paul Benson and Wayne Turner appointed

3 May 2023

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We are delighted to announce that two of our successful former players have been appointed to key roles within the Luton Town Academy.

Conference title-winning striker Paul Benson will be Academy Manager, with former midfielder Wayne Turner – who won the old Division Two (now Championship) with the Hatters in 1981-82 – returning to the club to work alongside him as Head of Academy Development.

Benson, 43, scored 17 goals as John Still’s Town side returned to the EFL in 2013-14, before leaving in 2016 to return to his first professional club, Dagenham & Redbridge, having netted a total of 25 times in 85 appearances for the club.

He returned to coach in the academy in 2017 on a part-time basis, and since 2019 has been a full-time coach before becoming PDP Head of Coaching and acting as Interim Academy Director since Paul Hart’s departure at the end of January.

Luton-born Turner, 62, signed for the Hatters from local football as a teenager in 1978, won promotion from the second tier under David Pleat four years later and made the majority of his 103 appearances in the top-flight.

Scorer of a famous derby winner against Watford in an FA Cup fifth round replay during the run to the semi-final in 1985, he left for Coventry that year but returned to coach the Hatters in the 1990s before joining Peterborough and then managing Stevenage.

He came back to Kenilworth Road once more in 2012 to head up the youth system as Academy Manager, and has retained close links to the club since departing in 2015, co-commentating regularly on iFollow Hatters while assisting with the academy throughout the current campaign.

Leaving the Academy to return to her native Scotland is Lead Physiotherapist Lauren Low, with Connor Wright taking over as her replacement and Paige Simms joining as Academy Sports Therapist.

Another new arrival, Kobie Dee, has taken over as Head of Education.

We thank Lauren for her hard work and commitment over the past season, and wish everyone well in their new roles.


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