Jarrow Roofing delighted to bring in Turnbull

Richie McLoughlin
Richie McLoughlin

Jarrow Roofing have boosted their squad by signing Steven Turnbull as they look to finally kick-start their season.

The 24-year-old defender arrives with plenty of experience, having spent last season with Blyth Spartans.

Steven has joined us alongside Washington’s Richard Paxton and they will both bolster the squad.

And he feels the move to Roofing has come at just the right time for him.

“I’ve been out of the game since I left Spartans, and was always intending on playing again around now,” he said.

“I got a call from Richie (McLoughlin) and I just felt like everything at the club suited me.

“Looking at the squad and the staff, there are a few lads I know and the concept of playing alongside the likes of Paul Chow is something that really excites me.”

Manager McLoughlin is also excited by what Turnbull can offer his side.

“A few weeks ago, I said that I was happy with the squad at my disposal, but since then we’ve lost Danny Carson to South Shields and Anth Myers is now out with a long-term injury so we have had to bring in some cover.

“Steven has joined us alongside Washington’s Richard Paxton and they will both bolster the squad.

“I said after the last game (a 5-1 defeat at Seaham Red Star) that we needed more physicality in the back four and I think we now have that with both lads being over six foot.”

As well as his regular position at centre-back, Turnbull is comfortable in the centre of midfield and having seen how beneficial this has been to his former clubs, including Bishop Auckland and Durham, McLoughlin will no doubt be hoping the former Spartans man can fit into a squad that has seen great upheaval as the owner-manager looks to build a side that can climb up the Northern League Division One table.

Those sentiments were echoed by Turnbull.

“I’ve looked at the league table and I really want us to be challenging for the top half this season,” he said.

“I’m mainly in there to stop us conceding and I hope to do that right from the off.”

Both new signings are available for selection ahead of the visit of Durham on Saturday and McLoughlin says he is expecting both to feature at some point over the course of the 90 minutes.