18th Oct, 2017

Tony Mowbray strengthens defensive options with the capture of Jordan Turnbull from Southampton

Steve Carpenter 16th Aug, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

TONY Mowbray is looking forward to working with Jordan Turnbull after the young defender joined the Sky Blues for an undisclosed fee from Southampton.

The 21-year-old has put pen-to-paper on a three-year deal at the Ricoh Arena after both clubs agreed a fee for the highly-rated central defender.

Turnbull will be handed the number 4 squad number and although he was unavailable for Tuesday’s home clash against Bury, he is expected to make his Sky Blues debut away at Bradford City this Saturday.

“I’m pleased to get the signing of Jordan over the line, as we continue to strengthen the squad for this season,” said Mowbray.

“Jordan played twice against us last season and impressed me both times with his accomplished performance; both in possession of the ball and defensively.

“He will strengthen our options at the back and I am looking forward to working with him over the course of the season and beyond.”

Turnbull began his career at Swindon Town where he came through the club’s youth system before later joining Southampton’s prestigious Academy.

The 6ft 1” centre-back spent consecutive campaigns on season-long loans at the Robins where he made appearances 51 during 2014/15 and a further 46 last season, making him one of the most reliable defenders at the club.

He has also featured for England’s international youth team setup, having represented the young Lions at Under-19 and Under-20 level.

Technical Director, Mark Venus added: “We have identified central defence as a position we needed to strengthen and Jordan was a player we have tracked all summer.

“We are pleased to have signed him on a long-term contract and this is a demonstration of the commitment the club are showing.”

Turnbull becomes the club’s sixth summer signing following the arrival of Marvin Sordell, Kwame Thomas and Kyel Reid on permanent deals, while Chris McCann and Lewis Page have joined on sixth-month loan deals.

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