Former Nottingham Forest midfielder Henri Lansbury has joined Luton Town on a free transfer, the club confirmed on their official website.

The 30-year-old finished last season at Bristol City where he made 16 appearances before being released.

Nigel Pearson didn’t deem him good enough to be handed a contract extension and he now moves to Kenilworth Road.

Lansbury left Forest in 2017. He signed for Aston Villa during the January transfer window after five years at the club.

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In 150 appearances for the Reds, he scored 33 goals and registered 20 assists.

Lansbury often divided opinion. Some supporters felt he should have done more with his talent and perhaps there is an element of that.

He did enjoy some good moments at the club though; captaining the side for a decent period towards the end of his City Ground career.

Lansbury’s career hasn’t quite been the same since leaving Forest.


He played just 52 times for Aston Villa, scoring twice and claiming nine assists.

His move to Luton will see him link up with another ex-Forest captain in Chris Cohen.

The former versatile Reds star is now Nathan Jones’ first-team coach at Luton and he’ll have played a part in getting Lansbury to the club.

Should Forest have gone for Lansbury?

It’s time the club started looking forwards and re-signing Lansbury wouldn’t have been ideal.

Some of the Reds fan base haven’t forgiven him for the way he left the club and that can’t be forgotten.

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Forest do need a midfielder and one matching Lansbury’s profile would be a bad idea.

Ryan Yates and Cafu are both under contract for next season but Forest will need other options to come in.

The next few weeks could see things begin to ramp up with regards to new signings and Chris Hughton will have to get his business right this time around.

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