Nathan Jones has admitted his frustration after losing star loanee Rhys Norrington-Davies to his old club.
Attacking left-back Norrington-Davies has impressed in the first half of the season at Luton Town but was recalled by parent club Sheffield United yesterday before going straight out to join Stoke City.
The 21-year-old explained he saw it as a step closer to helping his ambition to become a Premier League player.
But Jones, who made the same January switch himself almost exactly two years ago before going back to Kenilworth Road last spring, was disappointed to lose a player he believed he was educating at a ‘phenomenal’ rate.
He told Luton Today: “It’s a very difficult one as first of all I want to thank Sheffield United and Chris (Wilder) for trusting us with him, but these things happen, that’s what happens with loans.
“You’re always at the mercy of someone else when you take a loan, you’re not in control of that player and that’s what we don’t like.
“We only take loans in exceptional circumstances and we felt that these two (Norrington-Davies and Leicester midfielder Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, who may also be recalled) were really worth doing as they’re fantastic players and really did improve us, but we’re at the beck and call of someone else really.
“Rhys was in a wonderful place and that’s the frustrating thing.
“You think, why do people go out on loan? One to get experience, two if they go to the right club, they get educated, they improve, and then they come back to the parent club fold a better asset, a better player and more ready for the first team.
“The rate that Rhys was developing was phenomenal here and still learning, because he’s got a lot to learn.
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“So it’s disappointing, but some things are out of your hands and some things are not purely the parent club’s choice as well.
“There’s no point now crying about it, we move on as we’re not a one man team.
“We’re not going to suddenly be polar opposite to what we normally are because we lost Rhys Norrington-Davies, we’ve enhanced his career no end, so let’s not forget that, but we move on.”