Turner joins the Poppies

Jason Turner has signed up for a second spell with Kettering Town
Jason Turner has signed up for a second spell with Kettering Town

Jason Turner has signed for Kettering Town.

The much-travelled striker has returned for a second spell with the Poppies having previously played for them during their Ryman League campaign under Kevin Wilson in the 2003/04 season.

Turner has enjoyed a prolific record in the lower leagues with the likes of Rothwell Town, Wellingborough Town and, more recently, King’s Lynn Town. He left the Linnets to sign for ChromaSport United Counties League Premier Division leaders Holbeach United in the past couple of weeks but has now join Kettering as they bid for a great escape at the bottom of the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.

Turner is one of three signings completed by the Poppies after they confirmed Corby Town defender Nathan Fox has re-signed for the club on loan until the end of the season while striker Victor Kemjika has also joined, subject to international clearance. Kemjika made one substitute appearance for the Poppies in the FA Trophy defeat at Gateshead last season.

Assistant-manager Thomas Baillie clinched the deal for Turner on Monday night and believes he will be an ideal replacement for Lewis Wilson, who has gone back to Northampton Town following a fine loan spell with Kettering that saw him score seven goals in eight games.

Baillie said: “Jason is a decent signing for us. His record at this sort of level has been outstanding over the years and he is a local lad as well.

“He has got the experience, which is important to us and we know that if we can get the ball to him, he will score goals for us.

“It is a position we have been looking at closely because it was a blow when Lewis went back to Northampton. In Jason, we have an excellent replacement.

“He was one of our main targets and that is not only because of his ability to score goals but also the fact that he is a local guy. When we gave him the option of coming back to Kettering he jumped at the chance.

“I have to say Holbeach have been brilliant about it, as has Chris Plummer at Corby when it comes to bringing Nathan Fox back on loan.

“We needed to add a couple and we have done that. Hopefully it will make us stronger for what is a very tough month ahead.”

Turner and Fox are both available for Saturday’s game with high-flying Stourbridge at Steel Park while Kemjika could also feature provided his international clearance comes through.

The Poppies are also taking a team to Stewarts & Lloyds for a friendly game on Wednesday (7.45pm) where a number of first-team players will be given a run-out.

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