Cobblers loanee backed to play in the Championship by Hatters boss

Luton Town manager Graeme Jones believes centre-back Lloyd Jones is capable of playing in the Championship despite sending him on loan to League Two Northampton last week.

Friday, 7th February 2020, 4:55 pm
Updated Friday, 7th February 2020, 4:58 pm
Lloyd Jones

The 24-year-old joined the Cobblers on deadline day after struggling to break into Luton's first-team this season, managing just eight appearances in total and only one league start.

Jones impressed on debut against Macclesfield though and will hope to get his season back on track by forcing his way into Keith Curle's team on a regular basis.

The former Liverpool youngster is out of contract at the end of the season but his manager at parent club Luton, who are currently bottom of the Championship, believes he has a future at Kenilworth Road.

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“For me he has," Jones told the Luton News. “I like Lloyd Jones, I just reached a point where I couldn’t gamble anymore with minutes in the Championship.

“I believe that Lloyd with the correct experience in terms of playing football in League Two and League One, I think he can play in the Championship.

“I think he's got the equipment but you can't go from nothing to the Championship.

“He had a go at Reading, he did okay and long-term I think it’s the right thing for his development to go out and play some league football.

"There's nothing that can replace that, certainly without a reserve team here, even with one, it doesn't get close.

“So I think it's the right step and I'll be monitoring Lloyd and see where we are at the end of the season.”