Scarborough Athletic snap up ex Leeds United full-back Lewis Turner ahead of trip to Stalybridge

Scarborough Athletic have drafted in ex Leeds United full-back Lewis Turner ahead of tonight's trip to Stalybridge.

Lewis Turner has signed for Scarborough Athletic
Lewis Turner has signed for Scarborough Athletic

Injuries to Isaac Assenso, Kieran Weledji, Luke Porritt and Michael Coulson and the three-match ban for midfielder Kieran Glynn have left boss Darren Kelly with a lack of options, with right sided defender Turner going straight into the squad for Boro's NPL clash.

"I'm over the moon to get Lewis through the door," said boss Kelly.

"He's a player I have admired for a long time, we actually discussed him coming in a while back but things never materialised.

"Lewis has a great pedigree coming through at Leeds United, playing for the likes of Harrogate and Chester too and more recently at Matlock, and I know he will add strength to the squad.

"It's important that we have a lot of players who are versatile and can play in several positions as we do need to switch the system every now and then, or especially when we have a lot of injuries like we do at the moment.

"We're lucky to already have Josh Barrett on the right, who is able to push higher up the pitch if needed, so adding Lewis in gives us more options that's for sure."

Turner comes in for the suspended Glynn in the only change to the squad from Saturday's 0-0 draw on the road at FC United of Manchester, and Kelly is expecting another tough proposition for his side at Stalybridge.

"It's never an easy place to go Stalybridge, especially not on a Tuesday night," added Kelly.

"We will go there confident of getting a positive result though, I have a great amount of faith in my players and they really did roll up their sleeves and put a shift in on Saturday.

"Yes, there will be some tired legs and bodies, but we need to put another big effort in again and then we know we don't have a game this weekend so can rest up, get some bodies back in and hopefully do a bit of business too."