Luton Town forward has admitted he always believed he was good enough for the Championship.
The 32-year old was a prolific scorer in the lower division for the Hatters, but had an injury-troubled time in League One and the Championship.
Hylton developed a persistent knee problem once Luton reached the Championship. It required three operations which hampered the potential for a consistent run in the side.
The forward has played just 27 league games in the last two seasons but he’s hoping he’s been able to shake that off. Hylton was on the bench for the trip to Bristol City in midweek and came on to score in injury time to rescue a draw.
After the game, Jones described Hylton as a Championship level striker, Hylton told The Luton News Herald & Post that he always believed this himself, but won’t be taking it for granted: “I always believe, you never stop believing.
“When you’re training and playing regularly, you take it for granted as it’s your natural game, it just comes.
“You have a period out and it’s tough to find that rhythm again, which is exactly why I’m not getting ahead of myself, I’m not saying I’ve cracked it.”
But Hylton is delighted to be back after such a long lay-off and admitted he thought his goal could’ve been cleared: “I was just hoping a defender didn’t come in and clear it from the other side if I’m honest!
“You’re just thinking ‘tap it in’, you just dream and you‘re hoping it fell there and it did. That’s probably what I needed, fall on the line and just tap it in, it’s great.
“It was something I’ve thought about for a long time, it’s taken a long time to come, but glad it has.”
Hylton has a proven goalscoring record for Luton Town and his return only bolsters a strong attacking department.
Jones will be delighted to have the likes of Hylton, Jerome, Cornick and Adebayo to choose from. But for Hylton, he’ll be hoping he can put his injury nightmare behind him and finally have the chance to prove himself int the Championship.