Brimscombe & Thrupp manager Sam Prior says he is delighted after confirming the signing of experienced midfielder Dean Turner for the 2020/21 season.
Turner joins the Lilywhites from Slimbridge having made nearly 300 appearances for the Swans in a stint at Thornhill Park that saw him join the Southern League side in the 2008/09 season.
The midfielder was also part of the 2014/15 Slimbridge squad who finished 3rd in the Western League, thus earning the Swans a spot in the Southern League.
Speaking to Severn Sport about his latest acquisition, Prior says Turner ticks all the boxes for the midfielder he was looking for.
“I am absolutely delighted to have Dean on board,” said Prior. “We have been looking for the right replacement since Paz [Jake Parrott] left us back in December and he ticks all of the boxes for me.
I met with him a few months back at the club and was immediately impressed with his desire to join a new club and take on a different role after so many successful years at Slimbridge in the Southern League.”
Turner was included in the Brimscombe squad for their pre-season friendly against his former club Slimbridge on Monday night and nearly scored in the second half had it not been for an outstanding save by Swans keeper Lewis Adams.
Prior has praised his new central midfielder for how well he has settled into the squad and believes the best is still to come from Turner.
“Dean has slotted straight into the squad literally hit the ground running. The more games he plays and the fitter he gets, I think we’ll get to see even more of his qualities and the lads within the squad have taken to him straight away, as they can see that not only can he play, but they can see he’s here to work hard and set high standards,” said Prior.
Turner comes in to bolster a midfield that saw Brimscombe lose bags of experience within the last few months, with both Ash Caldwell and Jake Parrott joining Bishops Cleeve last season and Ed Major stepping away to join the management team at Winchcombe Town during the summer and Prior admits that it was Turner’s experience of playing at a high level that saw him make contact with his new man.
“Being honest losing the experience we have was partly the reason why I contacted Dean,” Prior said. “We recognised that we needed a player that had experience and could motivate others around him – not only vocally, but also by leading by actions.
We’ll be calling on his knowledge and know how throughout the season and if we can get him fit and firing, then he’ll be a big part of anything we look to achieve this season,” Prior added.
Brimscombe & Thrupp begin their Hellenic Premier season at home to Longlevens on the midweek commencing Tuesday 3rd August.