Liverpool defender Lloyd Jones seals Luton Town switch

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League Two side Luton Town have confirmed the deadline day signing of Liverpool defender Lloyd Jones for an undisclosed fee.

The 22-year-old centre back has passed a medical at Kenilworth Road and signed a two-and-a-half year contract with the Hatters.

Jones made his final appearance for the Reds’ U23 side in a 1-0 win over Derby County at the weekend and could make his Luton debut against Exeter City on Saturday.

He told the club’s official website: “I found out the move was a possibility about three days ago, it got followed up and here I am today.

“I want to play regular first-team football. I’ve been in the Under-23s at Liverpool for quite a while now and I wanted a new challenge, and I thought Luton was the right club for me.

“I spoke to the manager yesterday and he explained how the club wants to move forward and has ambitions, and that was a big factor in me coming here.

“Nathan has got a massive passion for winning, and for improving players as well. I’ve come here to play as much as I can and do as well as I can.

“I’m really looking forward to it. Hopefully we can push for promotion and get into League One for next year.”

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Jones failed to ever break into the Liverpool first team, but was named on the bench once during Brendan Rodgers’ spell at the club, an away game at Fulham in May 2013.

Jones has spent a lot of his career out on loan at Football League clubs including Plymouth Argyle, Cheltenham and Blackpool.

Nathan Jones, the Hatters boss, is ‘delighted’ with the signing and is looking forward to developing the Plymouth-born defender.

He also told the club’s website: “We were looking to bring some defensive cover in for the short-term with Scottie Cuthbert being out and Johnny Mullins picking up an injury, but when Lloyd became available, he’s one that we’d earmarked as being able to take forward longer term.

“He’s young enough that we can improve him and develop. He’s got good pedigree and has had some good loans already, and he’s one we believe can progress with the club.

“Technically he’s very good. He’s a great size, so now we’ve just got to make him a Luton player.

“He’s been out in League One and League Two already, so he’s not untried. He’s come from Liverpool and I know the coaching he gets there, and that was a big factor in us taking him for longer.

“We could have done someone slightly more short-term, just to get us through to the end of the season, but we don’t always like to do that. So when Lloyd became available, it was an easy decision for us. We’re delighted to have him.”