Howard was always staying

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Luton Town striker Steve Howard has revealed he turned down several lucrative offers to stay at Kenilworth Road.

The former Northampton and Hartlepool player was the subject of transfer speculation throughout the summer with Burnley and Nottingham Forest rumoured to be potential suitors.

Howard, 29, recently committed to a two-year deal and said he would not have had it any other way.

"I always wanted to sign for Luton," Howard told the club's offcial website. "There were other clubs that came in for more money and I was tempted, but my heart was always to stay.

"It is nice to have finally sorted things out. The gaffer (Mike Newell) wanted to keep most of the side together and we are confident that we can push forward next season.

"We have made a few signings which is good competition for places. I just want to get the new season underway."

After storming to the League One title last term, Howard insists the players are unfazed by the challenge of stepping up a division.

He added: "Without a doubt, I firmly believe this squad is good enough to hold our own. It is a big step up but I am sure we can adjust to the ability.

"As regards myself, I have proved myself in League One and Two and I see no reason why I can't continue that next season."