CRAIG’S LOV­ING IT AT THE HAT­TERS

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Stu­art Mar­shall

LU­TON Town striker Craig Mack­ail-Smith has fallen back in love with foot­ball.

The 31-year-old’s ca­reer turned sour last sea­son at Brighton, but he is en­joy­ing play­ing again af­ter a sum­mer move to the Hat­ters.

He said: “It’s just nice to be play­ing reg­u­larly again af­ter a dif­fi­cult cou­ple of years.

“The first year and a half at Brighton I felt I was find­ing my feet but in­jury hit me hard. Not play­ing reg­u­lar foot­ball for two and a half years takes its toll. It is a long road back when you are not play­ing ev­ery day.

“The only way I was go­ing to get fit­ter and stronger was to play games con­sis­tently but I never got that chance.

“I lost my en­joy­ment of foot­ball to­wards the end at Brighton but I am slowly rekin­dling that love. It is a case of find­ing that en­joy­ment again, do­ing well with Lu­ton and see­ing where that takes me.

“I still feel I have got un­fin­ished busi­ness in the Cham­pi­onship. I feel I am good enough to play at that level and score goals so hope­fully I will get that op­por­tu­nity again.”

POS­I­TIVE: Mack­ail-Smith

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