New signing Ryan Tunnicliffe has opened up about the importance of Luton Town maintaining their winning habit next season in the Championship.
The 26-year-old joined the Hatters earlier this month on a free transfer following his release from Millwall and has since featured in both of the club’s pre-season friendly victories over Bedford Town and Welwyn Garden City.
Speaking to Luton Today ahead of the upcoming campaign, Tunnicliffe said: “It’s massive, momentum.
“I’ve always known about Luton, they’ve had their down years, but now back-to-back promotions, momentum’s on their side.
“They’re on a good run at home, they’ve won a lot of games at home, so it’s on us.
“The lads who have been here previously and the new lads need to keep that momentum going, because winning’s a habit.
“I’ve been at clubs before when losing becomes a habit, so the same can be said about winning, with that feel-good factor going in, we can try and build on it.”
The Hatters have failed to lose a league game at Kenilworth Road since March 2018 and will be aiming to extend their 27 game unbeaten run when they host Middlesbrough on August 3rd.
Having experienced a meteoric rise in recent years following their promotion from the National League in 2014, Luton will unquestionably be looking to establish themselves as a Championship side over the coming years.
Yet in order to do so, they must, as suggested by Tunnicliffe, use the momentum that they have gained to their advantage next season as a failure to do so could result in them facing an uphill battle to avoid an immediate relegation in 2020.
Whereas the recent departures of James Justin and Jack Sterry would have been a blow to manager Graeme Jones’ preparations for the upcoming campaign, his recruitment so far this summer has been very impressive.
Needing players with considerable experience at Championship level, the 49-year-old has drafted in the likes of Callum McManaman, Tunnicliffe and Martin Cranie who all know what it takes to compete at this level.
Furthermore, the arrival of Simon Sluga from Croatian side HNK Rijeka will provide some much-needed competition for shot-stopper James Shea who excelled in the third-tier last season, keeping a league-high 19 clean sheets in 41 appearances.