Mark Bower has left City for Luton on a one-month loan.

The club’s longest-serving player has been restricted to just one start this season in the JP Trophy at Leeds.

His only league involvement was as a sub when Matt Clarke suffered cramp against Aldershot.

Clarke and skipper Graeme Lee have nailed down a regular partnership at the heart of City’s defence, leaving Bower stuck on the sidelines. He has been a sub for 19 games.

The arrival of Zesh Rehman for the rest of the season from QPR will make opportunities even harder to come by for the Bradford-born defender.

Stuart McCall said: “Mark will go there with a positive attitude and get some games under his belt. But he’s only going for a month and we’re certainly not closing the door on him.”

Bower’s temporary move to the Hatters runs until February 28. He will go straight into their squad to face Bournemouth tomorrow night.