Former Torquay United defender Lathaniel Rowe-Turner has joined Conference National side Luton Town on a two-year deal. The 22-year-old had been a free agent after being released by Torquay in May 2012.

By joining Luton, Rowe-Turner will link up with ex-Gulls boss Paul Buckle, who initially brought the left-back to Plainmoor in 2010. Although he enjoyed loan spells with Redditch United and King’s Lynn in 2009, this will be Rowe-Turner’s first permanent stint in non-league football.

Rowe-Turner poses for the Luton paparazzi

Rowe-Turner has a fine Football League pedigree, having come through the ranks at local club Leicester City, being part of the Foxes side that won the 2006-07 FA Youth Premier League and being named the club’s Academy Player of the Year in 2008. The defender spent a brief loan spell with Cheltenham Town in 2008 and played 35 league games for Torquay during his three-season stay at Plainmoor.

Lathaniel, nicknamed Snoop, will join fellow ex-Torquay players Alex Lawless and Scott Rendell in Luton’s new-look squad, with the defender becoming Paul Buckle’s sixth signing of a busy summer. Although Luton are currently in the Conference, the club has suffered three play-off defeats in as many years, and under the guidance of Buckle – who won promotion to League Two with Torquay in 2009 – the Hatters look set to challenge for the title this season.

Clearly pleased to have joined one of England’s bigger non-league clubs, and to have earned the security of a two-year contract, Rowe-Turner took to his Twitter account to say “Thanks for all the welcome [to Luton] tweets…can’t wait to get started”. The defender’s versatility – he primarily operates at left-back but can also play in central defence and featured in midfield for Torquay last season – means that he provides valuable back-up in a number of positions in Buckle’s squad.

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