Michael Turner swaps Norwich City for Fulham loan stint
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Norwich City's central defender Michael Turner has linked up with Championship strugglers Fulham on an emergency loan deal until the end of the season.
The 31-year-old had not featured under Alex Neil in recent weeks since a 70-minute outing in the home league win over Blackpool - the last of his 24 appearances for the Canaries this season.
Turner will not be eligible to face his parent club in their regular season finale on May 2 at Carrow Road but could make his Cottager' debut at Sheffield Wednesday this weekend.
Turner had been at Fulham's Motspur Park training base on Thursday to conclude the deal. The Lewisham-born defender has been allocated the number 18 shirt.
The Cottagers sit fourth from bottom in the Championship with 10 games left but have an eight-point buffer to Wigan and Millwall who occupy two of the three relegation places with Blackpool cut adrift.
'I'm very pleased to have the deal done. Its been going on for just over a week now since I knew of Fulham's interest,' Turner told Fulham's official site. 'As soon as I knew that was the case I wanted to come here straight away. Its great to come back to London. I've been away now for a number of years and it is one of those things you are always looking to get home, but it is difficult. So in that respect pleased to be back in the capital and playing my football.
'I believe I can add some experience to the team. There is a lot of young players here and a lot of good young players so I am sure they can lean on the more experienced lads to help them develop. I had two seasons in the Championship with Hull, and we got promoted in the second season, so I have some good memories and it is a tough league as Fulham have found out this year. It is unforgiving at times and I just want to come in and have a big influence on the team.
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'I've always liked going to Craven Cottage. It is a nice, old school type of ground. A nice environment, a nice ground and I am looking forward to playing my first home game. I think we are looking to get a couple of wins in the next few games and ease the pressure a little bit and if that is the case I am sure we can go on and get a few more decent results and finish in a good place in the table. That is the aim.'
Fulham were hammered 5-1 at home to title contenders Bournemouth last weekend and have games against promotion-chasing Brentford and Middlesbrough in addition to a final day trip to Carrow Road over the run-in.
The emergency loan window closes on March 26.