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Dropped Turner assured over Wings future

Jamie Turner is willing to fight for his place at Welling
Jamie Turner is willing to fight for his place at Welling

GOALKEEPER Jamie Turner still has a long-term future at Welling, player-manager Neil Smith insisted this week.

Turner was dropped for last Saturday’s 1-0 home win over Bath after Smith signed Brentford keeper Clark Masters on an initial one-month loan deal.

But Smith maintained that Turner is part of his plans.

“Jamie still has a future at the club,” stated Smith. “I’ve spoken to him and he is up for the fight.

“I think I will get more out of him now, it was something that I had to do as I wanted to get competition in all places of the team.

“He is not the scapegoat. I had my reasons for doing it and I explained them to Jamie.

“Our results have not been his fault – we win as a team and we lose as a team.”

Smith has released midfielders Seb Schoburgh and Adam Bernard but remains in the market for further additions with a striker still high on his priority list.

“I’ve given everyone a chance and now I’m looking for players to help kick us on,” he stated.

“I still think I need another forward who can offer us something different but I’m not going to bring some in for the sake of it – they need to be better than what we have got.”

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