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Tonbridge Angels boss Steve McKimm welcomes back Joe Turner from hernia operation

Tonbridge winger Joe Turner is back in business after his hernia operation and already looking the part.

Turner played 10 minutes at the end of Angels’ friendly at Cray last Saturday and stepped up his return with half an hour against Sutton on Tuesday night.

The goalscoring wideman could be a big asset for Tonbridge in National League South and boss Steve McKimm is delighted to see him back.

Joe Turner has recovered from a hernia op Picture: Andy Payton
Joe Turner has recovered from a hernia op Picture: Andy Payton

McKimm said: “He looks back to his normal self. He had a hernia that had bits and pieces done to it but he’s a fit lad who looks after himself and he played like he’d never been away.

“He’s played in National South before, along with a few of the boys, and it’s an exciting time for him and for everyone going into that league this year.

“I think he’ll cope well. He’s a strong lad, which you need to be in that division, but he’s also got other parts to his game and one of them is he scores goals and isn’t afraid to shoot.”

Tonbridge won promotion playing 4-4-2 but may vary their system at the higher level.

McKimm said: “We’ll look at the team we’re playing against and judge from there.

“We’ll have every team watched, like we always do, but we might be a little more cautious this year, considering the squad we have compared to other squads.

Tonbridge boss Steve McKimm Picture: Dabid Couldridge
Tonbridge boss Steve McKimm Picture: Dabid Couldridge

“We’ve got to make sure we try and plan everything to suit us, depending on who we’re playing.

“That’s not a negative way, it’s just what we need to do to get as many points on the board as quickly as possible.

“I’d rather us get as many points as quickly as we can so we’re looking down and not looking up chasing.

"That’s going to be the case this season.

“There’s no bold predictions from us apart from we’ve got to stay in this league.

“We’re going to do the best we can to finish as high as we can and everyone’s on board with that. We’re really excited and looking forward to it.”

Tonbridge are off to play Hampshire club Moneyfields tomorrow, followed by a team night out as they near the end of pre-season.

McKimm said: “It’s a team-bonding weekend as well. The boys have worked hard in pre-season so we’re going to have a night out down Bournemouth.”

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