Luton Town have announced the signings of attacking duo Aribim Pepple and John McAtee.
Striker Pepple, 19, has joined the Hatters from Canadian Premier League side Cavalry FC, while 23-year-old forward McAtee has joined Luton from Grimsby Town but will also spend the season on loan with the League 2 side.
The two new arrivals have joined Luton on undisclosed fees and have signed contracts of undisclosed length with the Championship club.
The moves follow the 7 previous first-team signings made by Nathan Jones’ side ahead of the new Championship season.
McAtee was the first of the two to be announced, with the attacker joining Luton after scoring 16 goals in 39 appearances last season for Grimsby as they won promotion from the National League.
The attacker had joined Grimsby in the summer of 2021 from Scunthorpe United, scoring on his debut for the Mariners and also scoring in the Play-Off final win over Solihull Moors at the London Stadium in June.
McAtee told the official Luton Town website of his delight to make the move.
He said, “I see this as a big opportunity for myself coming to the Championship and I’m delighted to get it done.
“The manager explained to me the values of the club, and it’s clear to see anyway that the club is going in the right direction. We spoke about a plan for me, which sounded good.
“I’m sure everyone in football has seen Luton Town’s rise for themselves. They’ve made that climb quite remarkably when you look at how they’ve done it.
“I’ve definitely taken notice of it and seen the progression, and hopefully this year, for me personally and for Grimsby, I can try and help them get another promotion too.”
Pepple’s signing then duly followed, with the 19-year-old returning to the country of his birth. Having been born in Kettering in Northamptonshire, he moved to Canada with his family at the age of 5.
His career so far had also taken in a brief spell in Spain with Getafe, having also previously had trials with Leicester and Sheffield United, but Pepple enjoyed a successful start to the Canadian Premier League season with six goals in seven appearances in the 2022 season to date, and scoring in five consecutive appearances.
Luton boss Nathan Jones said he was looking forward to bringing him to the club.
He said, “We’ve been aware of Bim for a little while. With the greatest respect, we had to do our primary recruitment first, and there are certain signings that we make that are for the future.
“We know that the way we develop players, we are susceptible to losing them and we always want to have a bit of a conveyor belt of players coming through. The club have always been really proactive in finding the next one, and that’s what this does.
“We are looking at developing players and keeping them moving forward within the club. Of course, we want to bring them through the academy. If that type isn’t in the academy, then we have to go and get them really early and work with them.
“It may be a little bit different back over here, but I’m sure he’ll adapt to that and he’ll quickly come into the reckoning here, and whatever he needs to get up to speed, we’ll give him that. He’s a wonderful kid and we are really looking forward to working with him.”