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Luton Town double signing excites John Still

2 July 2015

Luton Town manager John Still believes the signing of Magnus Okuonghae has strengthened the Hatters’ backline considerably for the forthcoming season.

Okuonghae joined Luton on a two-year deal, after his contract at Colchester United had expired.

The imposing defender is a player that Still knows well, with the pair having worked together at Dagenham & Redbridge earlier in their respective careers, and the 65-year-old boss is excited to link up with him again.

“He’s a beast - a big, strong, powerful player and a great lad,” Still told the club’s official site.

“The crowd will love him, he always plays with a big grin on his face and but you wouldn’t want to fight him!

“Magnus make us strong in defence. Last season when we lost two centre-halves that gave us a problem, but we’ve brought in good competition.

“If somebody doesn’t play it won’t make us weaker – in fact it might even make us stronger. And that’s what we wanted.

“He’s only 29, too. The best years of his career are still in front of him. I really am pleased.”

Okuonghae’s arrival at Kenilworth Road was quickly followed by that of Paddy McCourt.

The Northern Irish international has signed for the Sky Bet League 2 outfit following his departure from Brighton & Hove Albion, and Still is equally enthusiastic about capturing the 31-year-old trickster.

“What can I say about Paddy? He’s a crowd pleaser,” the experienced manager added.

“He can play wide left, or inside. Supporters will make their own minds up about him, but he has fantastic talent.

“Paddy’s got great ability – we’ve just got to get him on the ball. He’s what we’re looking for – someone who can play the pass to unlock the defence. Those kind of players aren’t easy to get.”

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