Linnets sign ex-England star
CHRIS LAKEY King's Lynn boss Keith Webb has made his second signing of the summer after snapping up 21-year-old striker John Turner.The former England Schoolboys international was released by Conference side Grays Athletic in the summer - and Webb revealed that he made his move after a trawl on the internet revealed the youngster was available.
King's Lynn boss Keith Webb has made his second signing of the summer after snapping up 21-year-old striker John Turner.
The former England Schoolboys international was released by Conference side Grays Athletic in the summer - and Webb revealed that he made his move after a trawl on the internet revealed the youngster was available.
“I was on the net and saw Grays had released a few players and that John was one of them,” he said. “I was straight on to him and snapped him up.
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“I saw him a while ago playing for Cambridge and actually recommended him to Norwich when I was there. He's someone I knew and someone I am happy has come on board
“He has good work-rate, a decent touch and is mobile and I am sure given the opportunity he will score goals and be a valuable part of the team.”
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Turner joins Jack Defty, Michael Frew, Matt Nolan and Danny Bloomfield in the race for the striker's berths at The Walks, but Webb isn't concerned that he might be overloading at the top end.
“Competition is what I want,” said Webb.
The Harrow-born Turner joined Cambridge's youth scheme five years ago after leaving Aston Villa's youth academy set-up. He made an impressive debut for the Us in April, 2003, scoring the winner in the final minute after coming on as a sub in a League Two game against Exeter.
Turner had a month at Aldershot at the end of 2005, and after 82 matches and 12 goals for Cambridge he joined Rushden in January 2006.
He scored once in four starts before joining Grays at the beginning of last season, but made just one start and spent time on loan to Conference South sides Braintree and Bishops Stortford.