Hatters ace signs deal

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Luton Town have received a major boost after top scorer Steve Howard agreed a new contract.

Howard's deal had been due to expire at the end of the month and The Hatters were fearful the striker could leave on a free transfer.

The likes of Burnley and Nottingham Forest have been keen on the 29-year-old but he has now pledged to stay with the League One champions.

The forward has signed a two-year deal at Kenilworth Road and also has the option of a further 12 months.

Hatters boss Mike Newell expressed his joy at Howard's decision to commit himself to Luton ahead of their campaign in The Championship.

"We are obviously delighted that Steve has committed his future to the club as we always wanted to keep this squad together and give them the chance of playing at a higher level," Newell told the club's official website.

"I always had the feeling that Steve didn't want to leave and he was happy to stay at the club."

Newell has received a further lift after midfielder Peter Holmes accepted the 12-month contract that had been put to him.