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Kewell discusses double signing

Evina and Turley bolster defensive ranks

14 September 2018

Notts County have completed the signings of defenders Cedric Evina and Jamie Turley.

They become the second and third free agents to join the Magpies since the transfer window closed in August.

And manager Harry Kewell says both Evina (left back) and Turley (centre back) are fit enough to immediately come into contention.

“I sign players that are ready,” said the boss. “They’ve been working hard so they will be competing for a place on Saturday.

“Jamie was on trial with me at Crawley Town over the summer and he did three good weeks of pre-season, while Cedric has always been an athlete who looks after himself.

“Cedric was close to signing for someone else but it fell through which has benefited us massively.”

Evina spent last season under Kewell while on loan at Crawley and the gaffer is looking forward to linking up with both him and Turley again.

“I wanted to sign Jamie because I was impressed by him during his trial period," said Kewell. "But the owners had other ideas so it’s a stroke of luck to bring him here.

“He is an excellent player with strength, speed and the flexibility to play on the right or in the heart of the defence.

“I want winners and people who talk and Jamie is a fantastic pro with plenty of experience.

“Cedric, meanwhile, has played at a very high level and has great pedigree.

“He gets up and down the pitch, is composed on the ball and comes to the club knowing my ideas, which is comforting for me.

“It will be tough for him but I know what he is capable of and have every faith that he will succeed at Notts County.”

Evina was with League One side Doncaster Rovers until the beginning of July.

The 26-year-old came through the youth system at Arsenal before moving to Oldham Athletic in October 2010.

He joined Charlton Athletic the following July, who he turned out for 34 times during his three-year spell, making 19 Championship appearances.

Evina then moved to Doncaster and helped the South Yorkshire side win promotion straight back to League One.

He then went on loan to Crawley for 2017-18 and made 34 appearances under Kewell’s management before leaving Doncaster at the end of his contract.

Centre back Turley, meanwhile, was most recently with Newport County, spending last season on loan at National League side Boreham Wood where he scored in the play-offs.

The 28-year-old came through the ranks at Wycombe Wanderers before joining Salisbury in July 2009, who he left for Forest Green two years later.

In September 2014, Turley left for Eastleigh where he did enough to convince Newport to bring him into the EFL in July 2016.

Supporters will hear from the new signings later today.


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