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Football: Millwall defender set for Luton Town debut

By Bedfordshire On Sunday  |  Posted: March 05, 2013

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New signing Jake Goodman looks set to feature for Luton Town in tonight's re-arranged Blue Square Bet Premier game away to Nuneaton Town after joining on loan from Millwall until the end of the season.

Hatters boss John Still has moved quickly to make the 19-year-old defender, who was on the bench when the Lions travelled to Kenilworth Road in the FA Cup last month, his second signing since taking charge.

With Janos Kovacs recovering from a knock suffered in Saturday's 1-0 win at Stockport County, Goodman is in line to play at Liberty Way and Still is excited by his potential.

“I’ve seen quite a bit of him and I’ve liked him," said Still. "Millwall like him and when I asked about him I didn’t think I would get him. He has got a bit of pace, he’s mobile, he has got a great attitude, he’s young, hungry and enthusiastic.

“Kenny Jackett and Scott Fitzgerald are good friends of mine and have let me take him until the end of the season so we have a little bit of competition for central defender places.

"Without that, we might have to start moving people around and what I don’t want to do is come in and play someone here and someone there, I want to play people in positions I feel are right for them at the moment."

Still is wary of bringing lots of new faces to the club before the deadline for loan signings at the end of this month, and admitted he would rather have his own players than bring in too many temporary ones.

He is determined to give those already at the club a chance to prove they can play the way he wants them to, and is not making any snap judgements after only being able to take two days of training with the side so far.

Alex Wall is the other player he has brought in since taking over from the departed Paul Buckle, having had his eye on the Maidenhead United striker after he scored 13 goals in Blue Square Bet Premier South this season.

The 22-year-old is set to be on the bench tonight having been left out of the squad for the Stockport game as Still wanted to give him a chance to adapt to his new surroundings.

Wall's loan move is with a view to a permanent transfer and Still has high expectations of him for this season and beyond.

“It’s not necessarily a jump for him from the Blue Square Bet South to the Blue Square Bet Premier, but eventually we aren’t going to be in it so he will have to go up again," said Still. "That’s why we have brought him here, because we think he can do it.

“I brought him in because if I hadn’t then someone else would have got him. If he hadn’t come here and I was still at Dagenham as of the first of this month, he would have been there.”

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