MPANZU: IT WAS AN EASY DE­CI­SION TO STAY

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Dan Barnes

PELLY-RUD­DOCK Mpanzu says that the work done by man­ager Nathan Jones dur­ing the trans­fer win­dow so far con­vinced him to ex­tend his stay at Lu­ton Town.

The 24-year-old, along with team-mate James Justin, has been linked with a move to Not­ting­ham For­est but on the eve of the sea­son the mid­fielder signed a new contract, which ties him down at Ke­nil­worth Road un­til 2020.

Mpanzu, who was plucked from Non-League Boreham Wood by West Ham United in 2011, has been impressed by the ex­pe­ri­enced cam­paign­ers that have ar­rived at the club this sum­mer and is also keen to con­tinue work­ing un­der former Brighton & Hove Al­bion care­taker boss Jones.

“The gaffer was a mas­sive rea­son as to why I have de­cided to ex­tend my contract,” said the Lu­ton man.

“He was at a big club at Brighton and he made the de­ci­sion to come to an­other big club here.

“I have a lot of be­lief in him and we are go­ing to move for­ward to­gether.

“He has brought in quite a few mid­field­ers this sum­mer and I can def­i­nitely learn some­thing from each of them.

“Alan McCor­mack and An­drew Shin­nie have both played in the Cham­pi­onship – both with dif­fer­ent styles – and I cer­tainly can pick up dif­fer­ent things from watch­ing their games. It cer­tainly made what was an easy de­ci­sion even eas­ier.”

Mpanzu made 52 ap­pear­ances for the Hat­ters last sea­son and the former Ham­mer cred­its head of sports science Jared Roberts-Smith for keep­ing him fight­ing fit.

“My sea­sons here have been dis­rupted by in­jury up un­til last year when the gaffer brought in Jared, who has helped me a lot,” he said.

“I was able to put a lot of games to­gether and I re­ally want to push on and do the same this time around.”

BOOST: Mpanzu

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