Iain Turner admits he was pleased to put a ‘long summer’ behind him by finally completing a move to Preston North End.
The goalkeeper put pen to paper on a one-year contract yesterday, successfully ending Phil Brown’s pursuit of him, which had gone on for much of the close season. Turner will make his bow as a full-time North End player in tomorrow’s friendly against Wigan Athletic at Deepdale (3pm).
He spent nearly three months on loan with PNE from Everton last season, making 17 appearances.
When his contract expired at Goodison Park over the summer, it was assumed the 27-year-old would swiftly join Preston.
But things got dragged out, not least because North End needed to offload Andrew Lonergan from the wage bill – something which happened earlier this week when he joined Leeds.
Charlton and Sheffield United showed their interest in him in the meantime, before the deal got thrashed out over the last 48 hours.
Turner told the Evening Post: “I’m pleased to get it sorted, it’s been quite a long summer for myself and my family.
“There was a delay from the Preston side of things, while I also got a couple of offers from other teams.
“I’ll be totally honest, there were a few twists and turns – at times it was on and at times it was off.
“But I felt Preston was the best place to be and it was something of a relief to get it all done yesterday.
“What was a big help in all of this was knowing that Phil Brown really wanted me here – he was in constant touch.
“I had a spell training with Bradford to keep my fitness up, which I’m grateful to their manager Peter Jackson for.
“It meant I could come here and hit the ground running – I had my first session with the other keepers yesterday, and I was going to join in with the rest of the boys today.”
He turned down the offer of being PNE’s No.1, opting to stick with the No.21 jersey he wore while on loan last season.
Turner said: “I did think about taking No.1, but I did okay last season with No.21, so saw no need to change it.
“I’m not very superstitious anyway – what number I wear doesn’t particularly worry me.”
When Wigan visit tomorrow, Jamaican winger Keammar Daley is set to get another run-out at some stage, after his impressive show against Morecambe on Wednesday night.
But it’s unlikely he’ll be joined by any of the other trialists who played in the 3-0 win at the Globe Arena.
The permission granted by Blackburn for PNE to field Amine Linganzi only covered the Morecambe game.
So a further agreement would need to be reached with Rovers if the midfielder can feature again.