Getting to know: Paul Turnbull

04 Sep 2020 in News

Getting to know: Paul Turnbull Getting to know: Paul Turnbull

Steve Cunningham has added further experience to his squad with the addition of 31-year-old, former Stockport County captain and defensive midfielder, Paul Turnbull.

Turnbull, who had played for County for 14 years since 2000, departed Edgeley Park this summer and has arrived at the Tameside Stadium, bringing with him a wealth of game time in both the Football League and National League.

Few have a better record in the National League North than Turnbull, who won the division with Stockport during the 2018/19 campaign.

The midfielder's career began with Stockport as he progressed through County's youth academy, before going on to register over 200 appearances for the Hatters across three spells. Turnbull was made County's club captain at the age of just 21.

Turnbull initially departed Stockport in 2011, when he signed for League Two side, Northampton Town. While with the Cobblers, Turnbull made 14 appearances at Sixfields, while also enjoying loan spells with Lincoln City, and boyhood club, Stockport.

The midfielder brought an end to his time in Northampton, when he agreed terms with Macclesfield Town in 2013. Turnbull went on to clock up 112 appearances and nine goals while with the Silkmen, proving a popular figure at Moss Rose.

A move to Barrow followed after three years with Macc, but after just one season with the Bluebirds, Turnbull moved on to Chester where he spent the 2017/18 season prior to going full circle, and moving home to Stockport, where he would help the club win promotion back to the National League.

Last season, Turnbull made 30 appearances for Stockport in the fifth tier, as they earnt a respectable seventh-placed finish, narrowly missing out on the play-offs due to their points per game record.
Curzon manager, Steve Cunningham revealed his delight at his latest capture, praising Turnbull's commitment to the club, having opted against financially superior moves elsewhere.
He said: "What a signing for the football club, as a new manager in the division, I'm delighted to say I've been able to secure someone of Paul's stature within the game. Being the most recent captain of Stockport County, one of the biggest teams in Non-League, especially in the North West, is massive, especially having recently led them to a National League North winning campaign, for me, that shows the calibre of player we have attracted.
"Paul has shown great commitment to myself, and character in turning down financially superior offers from clubs around the country, but Paul believes in our project and straight away you can see the kind of character we're signing when a player does that.
"Even teams in leagues below us were offering significant financial packages to secure him. He's a great lad with a massive desire to continue to succeed in the game. He offers fantastic leadership and experience to a young team like ourselves.
"He's a tenacious midfielder who can help us with our build-up play, and certainly when it's time to roll those sleeves up, he'll be at the front of the queue. We welcome Paul and his family to the football club and we hope he enjoys the next stage of his footballing career with us. I think this just shows what we're trying to build here at Curzon for the new season."
We wish Paul all the best for his time at the Tameside Stadium!


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