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Throughout the second half of last season, Luton were riding somewhat of a crest of a wave, challenging for promotion to the Premier League against the odds.
However, after their bid to win the playoffs ended in failure, Nathan Jones now has the difficult task of trying to lift a squad which which came so close to achieving an historic moment.
Jones and the Hatters only have to look at Barnsley to understand how the following season after such a near miss can be a struggle, but the Welsh boss will be satisfied with his business in the transfer market so far.
The most notable name to arrive at Kenilworth Road is Cauley Woodrow, the experienced EFL forward returning to a club where he spent time as a youngster.
Alfie Doughty has the potential to be a shrewd signing on the left-hand side of the pitch, while goalkeeper Matt Macey – another former player – will challenge for the senior role between the sticks.
The departures of club legend Danny Hylton and defender Kai Naismith will hit the squad in the short term, but Jones may feel that a high turnover of players could be what is required to keep Luton competing at the right end of the table.
Luton are no strangers to play friendlies at the home of Hitchin with a 7-0 triumph being posted in the corresponding game 12 months ago.
Hitchin spent 2021-22 in the Southern League Premier Division, only retaining their spot at that level of non-league with victory on the final day of the season
Jones is expected to give all of his available squad members an opportunity to build their fitness ahead of a training camp in Slovenia.
Macey, Doughty and Woodrow will all hope to feature at some stage, particularly the latter after being hindered by a knee injury at times last season.
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A number of youngsters may also participate at the home ground of the club’s development fixtures.
With this game representing the highlight of their pre-season schedule, Hitchin will be playing in front of a crowd in excess of 1,500.
Despite the desire to compete with their higher-profile opponents, Mark Burke may opt to find a balance with lineups in either half which are expected to be much changed.