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Turner bolsters defensive ranks

Ben becomes first summer signing

31 July 2019

Notts County have completed their first signing of the summer with the capture of experienced defender Ben Turner.

The centre-back, who has amassed almost 300 league appearances and has played in each of England’s top four tiers, was most recently with Mansfield Town and played for the Stags at Meadow Lane in February.

Notts manager Neal Ardley said: "In a lot of games last season we lacked physical presence, so at the top of our list of priorities was a dominant centre back.

"Working with the new owners - and the stats they've got - Ben came out top of the pile.

"I know Ben from our days at Cardiff, so I understand his character. He brings aerial dominance, leadership, experience and know-how.

"To attract him to come to us when he had several League Two possibilities on the table is brilliant."

More about Ben...

Turner started his career with Coventry, making his professional debut aged 18 as a late substitute for the Sky Blues in a 1-0 win at Stoke in April 2006.

He joined Peterborough United on loan for the first part of the following season before returning to the Ricoh Arena in January and spending a short time at Oldham.

In 2007-08 he began to establish himself in the Coventry team, regularly featuring alongside Notts’ Michael Doyle, and was part of the side that recorded a 2-0 win at Old Trafford in the League Cup.

He stayed with the Sky Blues until the summer of 2011, when Cardiff City parted with a reported £750,000 to secure his services.

It was here that he first encountered his new manager Ardley, who worked as the Academy Manager at the club.  

The 31-year-old enjoyed a hugely successful first season with the Bluebirds as they reached the final of the League Cup, where Turner scored a dramatic equaliser deep into extra time to send the tie to penalties. They were ultimately beaten by Liverpool.

The defender made 43 appearances during that campaign as Cardiff also qualified for the Championship play-offs but lost to West Ham in the semi-finals, who went on to be promoted.

The Bluebirds won the title the following season and Turner made 31 Premier League appearances during 2013-14.

Injuries restricted him to just 19 appearances in all competitions over the next two campaigns with a loan at former club Coventry preceding his release from Cardiff in June 2016.

From there he moved to Burton Albion and made 99 appearances before joining Mansfield for the second half of 2018-19.

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