Scott Rendell hopes that Luton Town can emulate the likes of Stevenage and Crawley Town by not just achieving promotion from the Blue Square Bet Premier this season, but also pushing on when they reach the Football League.
The prolific striker joined the Hatters earlier this week from Wycombe Wanderers, re-uniting with manager Paul Buckle who he played under during separate loan spells with Torquay United and Bristol Rovers.
Rendell is now aiming to help fire Luton back into the Football League and has been impressed with the ambition of the club.
However, he will not be satisfied to simply win promotion to League Two.
“If you look at the likes of Stevenage and Crawley Town, they have gone on and got back-to-back promotions,” said the 25- year-old. “If any team has got that sort of set-up in place then you know it is possible.
“It shows that you can do it and hopefully Luton will be the next team to be able to do that.
“The Conference was a good standard when I was last playing in it, although I was a lot younger then. With Stevenage and Crawley doing well after going up – and I think Fleetwood Town will do well this year – then it shows that the gap between the Conference and League Two is closing.”
Rendell admitted that he would have liked to have stayed with a Football League team, but had no problem returning to the Conference with Luton as he feels that they are on course to finally win promotion after coming agonisingly close in the past three seasons.
His decision to move to Kenilworth Road, despite having a year left on his contract at Wycombe, was also influenced by the chance to work with Town boss Buckle again after enjoying his previous spells under him.
Rendell said: “I’ve known Bucks for a couple of years and we have a good working relationship, as well as getting on well off the field. I kept in touch with him last season at Bristol Rovers and when he was out of work.
“He’s a good manager, a good tactician and he likes to play attacking football, which as a striker I like to do as well. I think his style of football suits me.
“Ever since the manager took over last season you can see they have been doing well and I can’t see Luton still being in this league beyond next season.”
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