The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Ben Baker

NATHAN Jones in­sists ev­ery­thing at Lu­ton is in place to be­come a Championship club sooner rather than later.

For­mer de­fender Jones, 43, has been in the Hatters hot­seat for just over a year and has im­proved last sea­son’s mid-ta­ble fin­ish as Lu­ton headed into the week­end in fifth.

But, as fans get ex­cited at the prospect of be­ing pro­moted to League One, Jones is dream­ing even big­ger.

“The football club has come a long way and gone from strength to strength,” Jones said.

“I said a year ago I was full of op­ti­mism on where we were go­ing and what we were go­ing to do, and I think we’re not far off. We have a hun­gry group, a mix­ture of ex­pe­ri­enced and hun­gry young, tal­ented play­ers who will be play­ing for this club for years to come.

“They will be the nu­cleus of the club for the next five years. If we reach the Championship, these boys will still be there.

“What­ever else you do, the en­vi­ron­ment is the most im­por­tant thing, and we’re a top Championship club in terms of what we do – the way we train, how we look after our play­ers.

“The in­fra­struc­ture is in place.”

OP­TI­MISTIC: Nathan Jones

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