Published: 08/08/2008 00:00 - Updated: 18/01/2009 00:59

Luton sign eight... and number could rise

Luton Town have officially announced a bumper eight new signings and promised that it's not the end to their transfer splurge.

The club have been handicapped in the transfer market for much of the summer due to the embargo enforced as a condition of their administration.

Kevin Nicholls signs again for Luton TownBut with just 48 hours to go before the season kicks off against Port Vale the Hatters have finally been given the all clear from the Football League to strenthen their squad.

Kevin Nicholls was unveiled last weekend along with Chris Martin who joins on a season long loan from Norwich and was reported to have joined yesterday (August 7). But despite reports fellow Canary Martin Spillane has not been named as one of the eight.

The other six players to join Luton are:

Claude Gnakpa, 25, full back from Peterborough

George Pilkington, 26, central defender, from Port Vale

Asa Hall, 21, midfield, from Birmingham City

Ross Jarvis, 20, midfield, formerly of Norwich City

Ian Roper, 31, central defender, from Walsall

Tristan Plummer, 18, forward on loan from Bristol City.

Manager Mick Harford said: "I'm delighted. I want a blend of youth and experience so that we have players who can develop their talents with us, alongside players who know what it takes for promotion.

"We know the task that has been set for us, and every player joing knows that come May, they will be legends and part of football folklore.

"I have no doubt that next May we will have the biggest party Bedfordshire has seen for many years. Before we get there though, we have succeeded in putting together a group of players that will fight tooth and nail for every point.

"Many of the players have featured in my plans for some time so they have had a few weeks to get to know each other and work in training together.

"Every single player will be proud to put on the Luton shirt and that is the spirit we need.

"Nico was a huge boost although many fans knew that he had been a priority target for us for quite some time. I've now been able to add quality players to the team, and I can tell you the dressing room is buzzing. We can't wait for Saturday."

Luton Town MD, Gary Sweet, said: "I know fans have been getting concerned over the size of our squad, but I can tell you this is not the end of the signings we want.

"It's very difficult as whilst negotiating, it is not possible to keep everyone informed without weakening our competetive position.

"Additionally, we have always said we will not make announcements until deals are signed, sealed and delivered, and this includes the Football League registering the players.

"This is a time when we call for fans to trust that, as a team, we have been working hard for many months to get to this point."

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