Luton Town manager Nathan Jones has said “things happened” which led to Dion Pereira not wanting to remain on loan at Yeovil Town.

But, former Glovers’ full-back and coach  insisted there was “no difference of opinion” between the two clubs and said he still trusts his former team to look after young players.

Pereira was unveiled on a short-term loan deal the day before a 2-0 defeat at home to Notts County where he played the full 90 minutes.

Dion Pereira in action against Notts County.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

But, he did not play in the game against Altrincham three days later and Yeovil boss Darren Sarll described the player as “massively fatigued” leading to his return to his Championship parent club for treatment.

Speaking to Luton Today, Jones said: “There wasn’t a difference of opinion, we trust Yeovil, they’re a good club with good people there.

“Things happened when (Dion) went there and he didn’t feel right.

“So, if he didn’t feel right, he’s not going to produce and we’re not going to get the maximum benefit out of it.

“We prefer to have him back here to work with our medical people, not because they’re any better than Yeovil’s but because they know Dion.

Jones said the Hatters’ “duty of care” towards Pereira meant Luton decided not to send the 22-year-old back to Huish Park.

But, he insisted that he has “no issue” with the Glovers, who had young winger Josh Neufville for a hugely productive loan spell last season.

Jones added: “They look after players at Yeovil. I was there and we did and people like (Glovers’ assistant and Jones’ former team-mate) Terry Skiverton, who’s there now, does.

“We’ve got no issue with Yeovil, it’s just that we wanted Dion to come back and work with us.


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