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Former Barnsley foe Turner knows it will be hard to oust Steele

By Doug O'Kane, Sports Editor Friday 7th February 2014
Iain Turner.

He may have played less than 100 games in 13 years as a professional footballer, but Barnsley's new goalkeeper Iain Turner has thwarted the Reds in some big matches during his nomadic career.


The Scottish stopper, 30, did not have a shot to save for Crystal Palace as the beat Barnsley 2-0 in November 2006 to end Andy Ritchie's spell as manager.


Turner also saved a Jamal Campbell-Ryce penalty – after Wes Morgan fouled Andranik Teymourian – in April 2009 during a 1-1 draw between the Reds and Nottingham Forest which was crucial to keeping both sides in the Championship.


After playing his second Barnsley under 21s game in a 1-1 with former club Preston on Tuesday, Turner told the Chronicle: "It's always nice to save a penalty. You don't expect to save it so it is great when you do. I remember that game. Oakwell is a nice stadium with good fans and it would be nice to play there wearing a Barnsley shirt."


Those spells at Palace and Forest were two of seven loans during eight years at Everton for Turner, who signed for Barnsley last Thursday night after several weeks on trial. He played just six games for the Toffees and was also leant to Chester, Doncaster, Wycombe, Sheffield Wednesday, Coventry and Preston before eventually signing for North End in 2011.


Turner scored a goal from a long kick against Notts County but was released in 2012 and has not played since.


The Scotland B international said: "I was out of contract then I had some injuries so I struggled to get back into football. It was bad timing. But that's gone and I've come back stronger. It's brilliant to be back at a football club."


Having played just 97 games in his career, Turner is used to sitting on the bench. Reds manager Danny Wilson has made clear that he will be back-up for number one Luke Steele.


Turner said: "Steeley's the number one and he's a very good 'keeper so I have got my work cut out. But I am here to push Steeley and if I get a chance I need to take it. The Championship is a very funny league and anything could happen so I have to be ready. Being a goalkeeper is totally different to being an outfield player. It's a different mentality. I know the score with Steeley being number one."


Asked about staying on past his under contact which runs until the end of the season, Turner said: "At the moment I am signed here for six months and I will give everything I have for that time then the the future will take care of itself."