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Stags sign experienced defender

3 February 2019

We are delighted to announce the signing of experienced defender Ben Turner until the end of the season.

The 31-year-old began his career at Coventry City after graduating from the club’s youth academy in 2005.

During his spell with the Sky Blues, which spanned from 2005 until 2011, he made 72 league appearances.

In 2011, Turner made the switch to then-Championship outfit Cardiff City, where he made 111 league appearances over a five-year stint.

A standout moment for the centre-back during his time with Cardiff was scoring a dramatic equaliser against Liverpool in the League Cup final at Wembley in 2012, a game that the Bluebirds went on to narrowly lose 3-2 on penalties.

Turner was an integral part of the Cardiff side that won promotion to the Premier League as League champions in 2012-13, appearing 31 times during their successful campaign.

The following season, Turner made 31 Premier League appearances with the Bluebirds.

The defender’s most recent spell was with Burton Albion, having made 27 appearances for the Brewers this season.

“I’m absolutely delighted to sign,” said Turner. “It’s obviously a club that’s going places. The league table shows that the club has a massive chance of a getting promoted and I’m just really happy to join and be part of that.

“[I’ve come here] to get promoted. That’s the big draw, a club that’s upwardly mobile. I spoke to the manager and his enthusiasm spoke for itself.

“[I wanted] somewhere that I could maybe get that bit of mojo back and that bit of enthusiasm around me. The enthusiasm from speaking to the gaffer and people around this place, the club is riding a nice wave at the minute."

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