Godfrey Poku was delighted to finally make his professional debut after playing the final 24 minutes of Luton Town’s 1-0 victory at Barrow.
The tough-tackling teenage midfielder signed for the club last January from St Albans City along with JJ O’Donnell on an 18-month contract and impressed in preseason as well as in the reserves last season.
Poku said: “I’m very happy. I’ve always wanted to have my first team debut and I’m glad that I’ve had a chance.
“The pitch wasn’t that great but I think we dug it out well and got the three points. We defended well.
“Adam Newton was supposed to start but then he got a little injury and the gaffer told me that I was on the bench, so I was happy and then he told me to warm up and I thought, ‘alright this is my chance’.
“I was a bit nervous but I got in the game and did well, I think. I hope it showed that I can pass and not just get around the pitch and tackle.”
Poku is hoping that his outing, as well as an earlier appearance from Dan Walker, who came on in the Hatters’ 3-0 home victory against AFC Wimbledon last month, will encourage the other Luton youngsters to knuckle down and wait for their chance.
“We’ve all worked hard as a development squad,” said Poku.
“We’re a squad that are trying to learn more because this is a professional environment. Dan Walker’s made an appearance and now I have and hopefully the rest like JJ (O’Donnell) can carry it on.
“We’re always trying to do extra training and doing double sessions and I think it’s helping on, not just our fitness, but our technical side.” Hatters boss Richard Money was also delighted by the teenager’s performance, saying: “He was exactly what we needed.
“He plays on his front foot, he’s not afraid to get stuck in and he’s not to afraid to get on the ball.
“He gave the team a lift in that crucial 15 to 20 minutes. I was really pleased with his debut.”