Newly promoted Championship side Luton Town have secured the extended services of striker Harry Cornick, after announcing that the 24-year-old has signed a new long term deal with the club.
Cornick made the move to Kenilworth Road from Premier League Bournemouth in the summer of 2017, and has gone onto make 78 appearances in all competitions for the Hatters, scoring 13 goals, helping the club win back to back promotions from League Two to the Championship in the process.
The striker was set to enter the final year of his contract with Luton this season, but it now appears that he will be the club for some time longer, although the exact length of the deal has not been announced.
Speaking to the club’s official website after agreeing to a new deal, Cornick said: “I’m really happy. It’s been two years since I signed and it’s gone so well – better than I could have dreamed of, with two promotions in as many years.
“It couldn’t get any better so it’s a no-brainer to put pen to paper to stay for many more years to come.”
Reflecting on his time at Luton, which has seen him move from playing as a winger to a centre forward, Cornick added: “It’s gone well. When I first signed, Nathan Jones said to me that I’m no longer a winger and I was going to play up top, so it’s been two years of hard work to try and make the transition, and I’m starting to see the benefits of that.”
Graeme Jones, who was confirmed as the club’s permanent manager earlier in the summer, also spoke about Cornick’s new contract, saying: “I did my homework on everybody before I came in and Harry is 24 and he’s still developing.
“He’s at a good age and he’s certainly played his part in contributing a lot to this successful period in Luton’s history. I’m just hoping that he keeps progressing.
“We’ve only just started working together, but I can see already he’s a great character, he’s an intelligent boy and I think he’s got loads of potential left in him that’s still untapped, so I’m looking forward to seeing how far we can push him.”
I think this is a smart move from Luton.
Cornick has shown plenty of promise since making the move to Kenilworth Road, and having only at that point started to mould himself into a centre forward, you feel he is only going to improve in that role as time goes on.
The 24-year-old will offer the Hatters another option up front as they look to cement their place in the Championship, and having dropped down from the Premier League to make the move to Luton, you imagine he will be keen to prove himself as high up the divisions as possible.
With his contract also set to expire in 12 months time, there is an element of financial sense to this too, as the club are no longer facing the prospect of losing Cornick on a free transfer this time next year.