ALLAN Campbell says he can't wait to test himself at a higher level after the Motherwell midfielder agreed a move to English Championship side Luton Town.

The 22-year-old, a product of the youth academy at Fir Park, was set to leave the club this summer with his contract due to expire at the end of the month. However, Motherwell would still have been due a development fee (believed to be in the region of six figures) from any potential buyer.

A statement from the Lanarkshire club revealed that they "reached a financial arrangement with Luton based on our training compensation entitlement" and as such, Campbell will be able to join up with his new team-mates immediately.

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Speaking to the Hatters' official website, Campbell thanked everyone at his old club for everything they had done for him - but insisted the time had come to challenge himself in a more competitive environment.

He said: "I can’t thank the Motherwell supporters enough for what they did for me. But as a footballer, there is a time in your career where you feel you need to take that next step and Luton have given me the chance to come down here and really try and prove myself at this level, kick on and develop me as a player and a person.

"I think this is the next level up. I am an ambitious person, I set targets for myself and I’ve come down here, set targets and now I am going to try and get them.

"I spoke to the manager, [assistant] Mick [Harford] as well, and they really want to try and develop me as a player and that is the main thing.

"They are going to work with me, try and take me to the next level and hopefully we can do that together and bring a lot of success to the club."

With 160 first-team appearances under his belt, Campbell departs Fir Park with a wealth of experience despite his tender years - something that Motherwell chief executive Alan Burrows believes is testament to the youth academy at the Premiership club.

“We wish Allan all the very best after earning a good move to an excellent club in the English Championship,” Burrows told the Motherwell website.

“Luton Town have been a pleasure to deal with. Throughout this process, they have been extremely professional.


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“We have reached a compromise that is both fair in the short-term but also allows Motherwell the potential to share in future success, should Allan’s career continue in the same upward trajectory.

“We would like to thank Allan for all his hard work, effort and endeavour as one of the shining lights and success stories of the Motherwell FC academy in recent times.

“We look forward to watching his career go from strength to strength in English football.”