Published: 26/08/2011 17:37 - Updated: 26/08/2011 17:52

Luton sign Kissock

John Paul Kissock
John Paul Kissock

Luton Town have signed Southport attacking midfielder John Paul Kissock for an undisclosed fee on a two-year deal with Hatters Godfrey Poku and Dan Walker going the opposite way on loan until December. 

The 21-year-old has impressed in performances against the Bedfordshire club and he set up the opening goal of the game last weekend before Luton put five past the Sandgrounders.

Luton boss Gary Brabin told the club's website: "I'm delighted to welcome John Paul to the club. He's a wonderful player, a crowd pleaser, who works hard and has terrific ability.

"He has enormous potential and we hope he will achieve big things at this football club. We've known about him for a while and only last week he showed what he's capable of, when playing against us.

"John Paul can play anywhere in midfield or attack or the wing and has masses of energy, has fantastic touch and technique and, as well as from scoring goals, he can bring people into play.

"He's going to be a massive player for us and I'm looking forward to working with him."

Kissock, a former Everton trainee where he surpassed Wayne Rooney's record as the youngest ever player to feature for their second-string, has played for England at Under-16 and Under-18 level and is a current England C international.

In January 2008, Kissock signed on loan for then Scottish Premier League Gretna, earning rave reviews before he returned to Goodison Park.

After a loan move from Goodison Park to Scottish side Gretna and with first team opportunities limited - despite being named as an unused substitute nine times in the Premier League - he was released at the end of the 2008/09 campaign before for he signed Hamilton Academical.

He then dropped down to Cheshire county league level in a bid to resurrect his career, playing for Newton and Formby before switching Southport in December last year.

Kissock is available to feature in tomorrow's home Conference game with Braintree and will wear the number 20 shirt.

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