WELL-TRAVELLED former Exeter City player Jeff Wood has joined Luton Town as the club's new goalkeeping coach.
Supporters with long memories will remember his 33 league appearances between the sticks for the Grecians during the 1984-85 campaign under Jim Iley.
Wood will be aiming to help manager John Still guide the Hatters back into the Football League. His appointment is not the only move connecting the two clubs this summer. Former Luton striker Sam Parkin signed for Exeter during the close season, nearly five years after scoring the only goal when the Hatters last visited St James's Park in 2008, heading a Kevin Nicholls free-kick past Paul Jones.
The Hatters were doomed to suffer relegation from League 2 that season, having controversially been docked 30 points, while Exeter went on to seal back-to-back promotions.
This season Luton will be aiming to emulate Exeter City's achievement in winning promotion from the Conference at the fifth attempt.
Wood, who also coaches the Welsh FA under-21s and under-19s, was previously retained as goalkeeping coach by Leeds United and before that Norwich City. His playing career included spells at Charlton Athletic and Colchester United as well as Exeter City. He also played in Finland, Denmark, Malta and Happy Valley in Hong Kong. Since hanging up his gloves he has also coached in America, was director of football for the Gibraltar Football Association and managed a number of clubs, including a short spell at Brighton. Prior to becoming goalkeeping coach at Norwich, Wood ran Charlton's European Soccer School. He succeeds former Russia and Chelsea custodian Dmitri Kharine as goalkeeping coach at Kenilworth Road. In a club statement, Luton Town said: "We extend a warm welcome to Jeff and wish him well in his new position."
Wood is pictured (middle row, centre) with the Grecians squad of 1984/85. Also in the City line-up that year were Martyn Rogers and Martin Ling, who would go on to manage Tiverton Town and Torquay United respectively.
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