Former Burton Albion defender Reece Hutchinson has recently been handed a chance to impress at Championship level with Luton Town.
The Birmingham-born left-back left the League One outfit following the expiration of his contract this summer, before spending some time with Rotherham United on trial.
With no move coming to fruition, Hutchinson embarked on a second trial spell – this time in England’s second tier with The Hatters.
Hutchinson had been named on the bench in last week’s 1-1 draw with Portsmouth but was not awarded any minutes.
However, the young full-back was given the opportunity to feature during yesterday’s 3-1 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion.
With Kai Naismith playing at centre-back, Amari’i Bell still recovering after featuring for Jamaica at the Gold Cup, and an injury to Dan Potts, Hutchinson played the final 20 minutes at Kenilworth Road.
Speaking to Luton Today after the Bedfordshire club’s final friendly before that 2021/22 campaign commences, Nathan Jones gave his verdict on the young defender’s progression: “We’ve had a little look at him and Amari’i’s been away, so we’ve needed it because of that situation.
“We’ve had a real good look at him, he’s not ready for us yet in terms of that, but we never know, so we’ll keep monitoring that.”
When last season ended, the left-back area looked like an area of prioritisation with Potts’ contract expiring and Naismith’s versatility allowing him to play in a variety of roles.
Now, with Potts re-signing, and the addition of Amari’i Bell, Luton seem well-stocked in that department.
Hutchinson may be viewed as a player for the club’s U21 squad. The Hatters have made a real effort to improve their youth team to first-team player pathway over the last year, and that could be what Jones is hoping to do with Hutchinson.
Dion Pereira was in a similar position last season, and after a year of brilliance, he is now in and amongst the first-team set up.