Grimsby Town FC
|Date of Birth: |
|Place of birth:|
Tranmere Rovers FC
|2008 (on loan)|
Ilkeston Town FC
Gainsborough Trinity FC
Scunthorpe United FC
|2014 (on loan)|
Macclesfield Town FC
|2014-2015 (on loan)|
Mansfield Town FC
Lincoln City FC
Shrewsbury Town FC
Tell us little about yourself…
What type of defender is are you ?
I would say I am an old school type of centre back. I like to defend first and for most and organise the team on the pitch.
Luke, you started you career with Barnsley FC and was a regular for their youth and reserve teams in the 2007–08 season. How did you feel about the likelihood of yourself being given a chance?
I joined Barnsley at 13 years old and went through to the u18s with them. At the time the club was in the championship , and likelihood of playing at the time was probably slim. The first team manager wanted players who would be ready for the first team, and released all my age group.
After being released, you signed for League One club Tranmere Rovers FC on 18 July 2008 after a successful trial. You made your debut on 12 August 2008 against your current club Grimsby Town FC. How important was that moment for you ?
I then went on trial at Tranmere and signed a one year deal with them then in league one. Making my football league debut was a big moment for me and my family, after only been released a couple of months earlier from Barnsley and not knowing whether I would get that chance.
In May 2010, you signed for Ilkeston’s divisional rivals Gainsborough Trinity, where you made 104 league appearances during the season. Why did you leave Ilkeston Town FC ?
I then had 3 decent years and Gainsborough trinity in the conference north aged 19, i left Ilkeston as the club was in financial trouble at the time and the chance to work with Brian little the manager at Gainsborough at the time was also a big pull for me.
After your time by Ilkeston Town FC, you moved to Scunthorpe United FC. Did you noticed a lot of difference between these clubs?
Then I got a chance back in the football league with Scunthorpe United in league 2. The standard was better day in day out in training. The club had a very good team that year and went on to win promotion to league 1.
By Scunthorpe United FC, you was loaned out to Macclesfield Town FC and Mansfield Town FC. How did you experience these periods?
When the club got promoted to league 1 I had a couple of loan spells away at Macclesfield and Mansfield, these where very important in my development, and allowed to get my name out there playing regular in the national league and then stepping up again into league 2.
Luke, you made 55 appearances and scored seven goals in 2016–17 season as Lincoln City FC were promoted to League Two as National League champions. How did you experience these season ?
The promotion year at Lincoln was very special , we won the league and reached the quarter finals of the FA cup that year so for those 2 reasons that would be up there with one of my best in football so far.
You have played at several football clubs and several competitions. At which club did you learned the most?
I would say I learned the most working with Danny and Nicky Cowley , and Jamie Mcombe at Lincoln, they helped me understand the game a lot , and there in depth analysis and hard work was great. Also working closely with Jamie Mcombe who was then first team coach had a big impact on me.
I feel I can still learn a lot working under my current manager Ian Holloway and hopefully will get more successful years.
What is your ultimate dream in after your football career ?
To hopefully be able to look back on a successful career , and then be able to pass on my knowledge to others in a coaching role.