Mar 11 2008 Evening Chronicle
GATESHEAD, preparing for tomorrow’s UniBond League title showdown with leaders Witton Albion at the International Stadium, have completed a triple raid on Conference National club York City.
Midfield man Phil Turnbull has agreed a contract that will see the former Hartlepool United trainee commit to Gateshead until the end of next season.
The 21-year-old South Shields-born player has had two loan spells at Gateshead and joins former Minstermen Paul Brayson, Carl Jones and Steve Bowey at the International Stadium.
Gateshead boss Ian Bogie said: “I’d tried to sign Brayson, Jones and Turnbull in the summer before they were given full-time contracts at York.
“I certainly didn’t expect to get the chance to sign each one of them during the season and their signings have strengthened the squad for the important run-in to the season.”
All three were taken to York by then manager Billy McEwan but allowed to leave when he was replaced by Colin Walker a few months into the season.
“To bring in a quality striker, midfielder and defender has been a real boost and Turnbull is a good player who was keen to join Gateshead,” added Bogie.
“He’s fitted in well and has given us even more options in midfield. He’s also willing to learn and has a good future in the game.”
Turnbull, like Jones, had his career at York wrecked by injury, but he is now fully fit and determined to lead Gateshead into the Blue Square North.
“Gateshead are a professionally run club with a good group of players,” said Turnbull. “I’m pleased to be a part of that and feel we can push on and climb the leagues.
“Ian Bogie likes the team to get the ball down and play, which suits my game, and I have no doubt that we’re capable of winning promotion and performing in the Conference North.”
Meanwhile, Steve Baker, yet to play this season, and fellow central defender Richard Flynn are both back in light training after long-term injuries and could feature in the final month.