Former Hammers defender Burke agrees long-term contract at Kenilworth Road
Luton defender Reece Burke will be staying at Kenilworth Road for the foreseeable future after signing a contract extension with Town this afternoon.
The 26-year-old joined the Hatters in June 2021 after helping Hull City secure promotion from League One, leaving a Tigers side he represented 110 times, scoring five goals, after joining from West Ham United for a fee of £1.5m in 2018.
Burke had been with the Hammers since he was nine, making 15 appearances, including six in the Premier League, before moving to Hull.
Since arriving in Bedfordshire, Burke has played 57 matches for Luton’s, scoring four goals, most notably in the FA Cup fifth round 3-2 defeat against Chelsea in March 2022, plus the winner in a 2-1 New Year’s Day success at Huddersfield Town.
Although affected by injury following his move to Town, the centre half came off the bench in the early stages of the Championship play-off final against Coventry City due to Tom Lockyer’s collapse, and produced a superb performance as the Hatters eventually triumphed on penalties.
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Luton Town – Second New Signing of The Summer Announced
Earlier this morning, here at Vital Luton Town, we ran an article claiming that somebody, at Luton Town FC, had jumped the gun when it came to the deal involving the Barnsley centre-back, Mads Andersen.
Our article – Somebody Jumped The Gun – pointed out that the confirmation of the deal had been announced at the ungodly hour of 04:00 with a Twitter release, whilst also managing to spell Mads surname in two different ways.
The Tweet was, subsequently removed, but we stated we didn’t think it would be long before the official confirmation was announced.
Well, that official confirmation – mads-andersen-joins-luton-town – came at around 09:00 hours this morning with it being announced that the Dane had put pen-to-paper on a contract to play for the Hatters in the top-flight of English football.
As usual, the transfer fee has been announced as ‘undisclosed’ but we’re under the impression it could be a record deal, for Luton Town, with regard to incoming deals.
With Lockyer, Burke and Bell already on the books, it remains to be seen who’ll be an automatic centre back choice, once the season commences.
Another question waiting to be answered is whether Andersen can make the huge step up from League One to the Premier League.
Meanwhile, we’d like to take this opportunity to welcome Mads Andersen to Kenilworth Road and we hope his stay is an enjoyable and successful one.
Mads Andersen – Mini Fact File
Name – Mads Juel Andersen
Date of Birth – 27-December-1997
Place of Birth – Albertslund, Denmark
Height – 6 Feet 4 Inches
Position – Centre Back
Youth Career – Herstedøster IC, Albertslund, Brøndby IF
Playing Career – Brøndby IF, Køge (loan), Horsens, Barnsley, Luton Town
International Career – Denmark U19