Goodman is aiming to blossom during his spell with the Town

On-loan Town defender Jake Goodman. Pic: Joanna Cross.On-loan Town defender Jake Goodman. Pic: Joanna Cross.
On-loan Town defender Jake Goodman. Pic: Joanna Cross.
Late bloomer Jake Goodman is relishing the chance of speeding up his development during his loan spell at Luton until the end of the season, writes Mark Wood.

The 19-year-old defender is yet to make his debut for Championship side Millwall, but he’s hoping his stay at Kenilworth Road will help to boost his chances – and with it Town’s slim play-off hopes.

Goodman, who was spotted playing college football, has already been grounded in non-league football while on loan at Staines Town last season.

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He said: “I’ve had experience of the physicality at Conference level, I was in Conference South last year. I was there probably two, three months and I got 20 games under my belt.”

But he admitted that the standard in the Blue Square Bet Premier has been quite a step up for him, saying: “I found it tough. I’ve not really been able to have a consistent run of games this season due to the U21s then and being in and around the first team at Millwall.

“Just getting back used to playing football regularly Saturday/Tuesday, Saturday/Tuesday has been tough, but that will come back to me match fitness.”

On his aims for the rest of the season, Goodman added: “Play as many games as possible, keep as many clean sheets (as possible), get Luton into the play-offs and get them up.”

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