DUNSTABLE Town defender Luke Pennell has rejected an offer from League One outfit Fleetwood Town following a trial.
The 19-year-old joined the club after being released from MK Dons’ academy in the summer of 2015.
The versatile defender has attracted interest from a variety of league clubs ranging from the Premier League to League One after impressing throughout the first half of the Evo-Stik Southern Premier League season.
As well as Fleetwood, Pennell has also been on trial at fellow League One club Peterborough United, Championship sides Burnley and Fulham and also Alex Neil’s Premier League Norwich City.
The former MK Dons academy player turned down the move to the Lancashire-based side due to a combination of financial and logistical reasons.
Dunstable manager Anthony Fontanelle said: “He’s had an offer from Fleetwood that wasn’t quite right for him and we’re in talks with another club at the moment.
“I don’t think the financial side of it was quite right and it’s also a little bit too far away, the other interested clubs are a bit more local and those local sides also offer a few more first-team opportunities.
“He’s been on trial with Fleetwood but he’s also been to Norwich, Fulham, Burnley and Peterborough.”
Fontanelle has also said that Dunstable will be looking for some compensation if the left-back, who can also play centre back, leaves the club.
He said: “We’d be looking for something, after all we’ve done with him we’d be looking for some compensation, he’s only young and he’s got better as the season has gone on but we won’t stand in his way and money won’t be an issue.
Dunstable’s rookie manager was also keen not to single out Pennell in Dunstable’s change in fortunes.
The Blues were lying 20th in the league in September, but a rapid upturn in form has seen them take 41 points from just 22 games.
He continued: “It hasn’t just been just him, he’s contributed well but I don’t want to put it all down to him, we’ve got a really good group of lads and they’re all working hard.”
The youngster has not featured for the Bedfordshire side since Boxing Day as his exit nears and Fontanelle has been quick to bring in a replacement as a result.
He concluded: “I’ve brought in Howard Hall who’s been a good replacement, we got him from Hayes and so far he’s been solid for us.”