Luton plotting ambitious swoop to bring Andy Drury back from Ipswich Town

NON-LEAGUE club Luton Town are plotting an ambitious swoop to bring Andy Drury back to the club – less than a year after selling him to Ipswich Town for �150,000.

Blues boss Paul Jewell made the midfielder his first permanent signing at the club at the back end of the 2011 January transfer window.

And having jumped up three divisions, Drury featured 12 times for his new Championship employers at the back end of last season.

He has found himself lower down the pecking order this season though and was loaned out to League Two club Crawley Town recently.

The Blues agreed a transfer fee for the 28-year-old prior to the move but – having gone 15 games unbeaten with the league leaders (13 wins and two draws) – Jewell said the league leaders only offered Town half the agreed amount.

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Drury duly returned to Portman Road and was pitched straight into the first team line-up for Monday’s 3-1 home loss to Nottingham Forest as a late replacement for Jimmy Bullard, the latter having called in sick on the morning of the match.

And despite the disappointing result, Drury came out of the match with credit having provided plenty of energy playing just off of lead striker Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

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The versatile midfielder’s contract doesn’t expire until June 2013, but former employers Luton – who currently sit third in the Blues Square Premier – are closely monitoring his situation.

Hatters manager Gary Brabin said: “I know Paul Jewell really well and spoke to Dukes [Drury] as well.

“At the moment Ipswich have called him back because he is back in their thoughts, so I’m sure they won’t want to do anything just yet.”

Drury is unavailable for Saturday’s FA Cup third round tie at Hull having played in the competition with his Crawley this season.

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