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Turnbull looks ahead

29 June 2015

Lee Turnbull, who was appointed to Nigel Adkins's backroom staff as Head of Recruitment and Scouting last week, is looking forward to what he describes as a 'very exciting opportunity' to work with a manager he knows well.

A former striker in his playing days, Turnbull says the chance to resume a productive working relationship with Adkins and his coaching staff was a major factor in convincing him to swap
Glanford Park for Bramall Lane.

The 47-year-old, who lives in the region, remarked: "Having been at Scunthorpe for 20 years in different roles, it was tough to leave, but the chance to work with Nigel, Andy (Crosby) and Dean (Wilkins), coupled with the fact it is for a Club with the ambition like Sheffield United have the simply it is a very exciting opportunity.

"I have been in the area for nearly 30 years, I live in Doncaster and I know the local football scene very well as you would expect.

"The Blades have a great stature within it and hopefully I can play my part in helping the Club be successful and getting back into the Championship is the first and only focus at the moment."

On his role and the experience he brings with him to S2, Turnbull is confident of using his knowledge and contacts in a manner that will benefit the Blades both on and off the field, he added:

"Recruitment is constant and rightly so, you have to be on the ball 52 weeks a year, although we do have Christmas Day off!

"You get tip offs from agents, tips from scouts within or from outside your network, but crucially it is about getting out on the road and watching players regularly.

"There are structures within the scouting mechanism and agents are part of the process, some are really helpful and it is good to continue that contact link with various people within the game.

"It is always a challenge but I am confident we can progress quickly and there is every reason to be optimistic. There will be a structure throughout the Club, but my main focus will be about first-team recruitment and watching the opposition as I have done under Nigel previously."

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