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Southend Snap Up Experienced Defender

11 July 2017

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Southend United are delighted to announce the signing of experienced centre back Michael Turner on a one year deal with the option of another.

The defender joins Blues following the expiration of his contract at Norwich City after joining the club in 2012 when the Canaries were in the Premier League.

Turner has amassed over 400 appearances in his career with over 100 of those appearances coming in the top flight.

He signed his first professional deal for Charlton Athletic in 2002 and was loaned out to Leyton Orient and Brentford in his two years at The Valley.

The 33-year-old turned his loan at Brentford into a permanent one before he made an appearance for Charlton.

A three year stint followed at Hull City between 2006 and 2009 where Phil Brown was in charge. Turner made 146 appearances for the Tigers including against Bristol City at Wembley as they were promoted to the Premier League.

Steve Bruce signed the centre back for Sunderland in 2009 where he spent three years, playing alongside fellow Blues centre back Anton Ferdinand.

Turner left the Black Cats in 2012 for Norwich City. Whilst at the Canaries, he helped the club secure promotion back to the Premier League via the play-offs before loan stints at Fulham and Sheffield Wednesday in the Sky Bet Championship.

Michael’s thoughts on his move to Southend and aims for the season will follow on shortly.

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