Former Chelsea man turns to RKC Waalwijk to save his career

Former Chelsea goalkeeper Ross Turnbull is turning to the Netherlands in a bid to revitalise his career.

The 28-year-old goalkeeper is on trial with RKC Waalwijk, a side that finished 14th in the Eredivisie last season, as he searches for a club where he can be number one heading into the new season.

Turnbull was very much second fiddle to Petr Cech throughout his career at Stamford Bridge making just six starts in the Premier League across his four seasons between 2009 and the end of last season.

He was allowed to move on by Chelsea, given the chance to go and make something of his career before he hits his 30s and stares at the memory of what might have been rather than what is or what could be.

He seems to have been fairly savvy in his decision to go over to Holland and look for a club because the general standard of football in the Netherlands is lower than in the Premier League or even the Championship.

If he gets a deal with RKC Waalwijk then he does have a lot going for him in several areas which should allow him to salvage something when it seemed as though his career was on the rocks following his Chelsea release.

He has the benefit of having spent several years at a huge club where he would have enjoyed the benefits of being coached by the best coaches and also generally enjoying the infrastructure of a massive team.

That should help him settle into life at another club in another top European league very easily and ensures that he completes his trial at RKC Waalwijk with a basic and solid technique, which gives him the best chance of securing a long term deal.

He also goes to the Netherlands with a point to prove because he will feel as though he’s a much better goalkeeper than his 18 appearances for the Blues suggested.

He will be angry following his release from the club, but that anger can be evened out with determination, passion and drive to succeed, all of which are natural qualities which should help him to secure a deal.

It’s clear he wants to play at the top level of European football, which is why he seems to have initially targeted a trial with RKC Waalwijk.

He could more than likely get a deal in the football league with one of the huge Championship or League One sides, but it’s a tribute to his ambition that he is trying to get football in one of the top divisions in Europe.

What do you think? Is the Eredivisie the way forward? Is he good enough to get a deal somewhere in England?

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