Sheffield United: Turner hoping to make his mark

Iain Turner trains with Sheffield United after signing a short-term contract � copyright :  BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Iain Turner trains with Sheffield United after signing a short-term contract � copyright : BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

Iain Turner hopes to earn a long-term contract at Sheffield United after signing a six month agreement with Nigel Clough’s side ahead of today’s League One fixture at Coventry City, writes James Shield.

The former Everton, Barnsley and Preston North End goalkeeper will initially act as Mark Howard’s deputy following George Long’s move to Oxford United on loan.

With’s Long’s situation scheduled to be reviewed in January, Turner told The Star: “I definitely want to show I’m worthy of something longer. I’m not here to sit and watch. I’m here to play.”

Turner, who started his career with Stirling Albion before joining Everton in 2003, added: “Every footballer who signs for a club wants to be involved and I’m no different.

“I’ll be helping out in anyway that I can but Mark also knows that I’ll be trying to push him all the way.”

Turner’s presence means Clough could accelerate plans to let George Willis, who had been performing understudy duties, further his education on a temporary basis elsewhere.

“I’ve been here on trial and shown what I can do,” Turner said. “I’m delighted to sign.”