In the FA Cup third round on Sunday, Town manager Rob Edwards is excited to welcome back experienced striker Cameron Jerome to Kenilworth Road when the Hatters play Bolton Wanderers.
After being signed by former manager Nathan Jones, the 37-year-old moved to Luton in June 2021. He played 61 games for the Hatters and scored six goals before returning home to be with his family in January 2023, not long after Edwards took over in the dugout. After joining the Wanderers on a free transfer, Jerome has made 30 appearances for the Trotters, including 18 this season, however he has not scored at the Toughsheet Community Stadium.
Edwards stated that it would be great to have Cam in the cup tie tomorrow, thus it is now anticipated that he will have some sort of role. It will be great to meet him since he was fantastic for this football team while he was here and for us when we worked with him.
Cameron Jerome, a striker, during his Hatters days. Photo by Liam Smith
Luton will not face another former Hatter, flying winger Carlos Mendes, who relocated to Bolton in the summer and played 15 times, mostly as a substitute. Mendes is currently playing for Guinea-Bissau in the Africa Cup of Nations. With just three games scheduled for January, the Hatters have had a busy December with six games; however, if Town wins against the Wanderers tomorrow, they may add another.
Edwards went on to say of the competition: “It’s a great tournament.” On and off the pitch, December was incredibly hectic, but January did see some quieter moments. We focus on every game, every match. The FA Cup is currently the next one, which we’re really looking forward to because it’s such an incredible sport.