RKC concede four with former Chelsea stopper trialist; keep clean sheet when he leaves

Ross Turnbull is now training with Middlesbrough and a deal to RKC Waalwijk looks unlikely.

One of the main issues at Chelsea this summer has been the goalkeeping department; largely of their own volition. The club has now addressed that situation with the signing of Mark Schwarzer on a free transfer from local rivals Fulham.

The club are of course blessed with two great goalkeepers already. But with Petr Cech assured of his first-choice position at Stamford Bridge the club allowed Thibaut Courtois, possibly the best keeper in the world last season, to continue his development at La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid.

But they also released their two back-up stoppers this summer in the form of veteran custodian Henrique Hilario and former Middlesbrough keeper Ross Turnbull.

Turnbull featured six times for Chelsea last season and the fact that is his best ever season for the club regarding appearances should suggest to you the reason why Chelsea decided not to keep hold of the Englishman.

And news spread recently over the possible new Dutch destination for the player.

Turnbull was recently taking in a trial period with Dutch outfit RKC Waalwijk; but things did not go to plan for the stopper.

The 28-year-old was given the chance to impress with a run-out against German outfit Rot-Weiss Oberhausen on Saturday; but RKC were humbled by the team from Germany’s FOURTH tier in a 4-0 thrashing.

On Tuesday RKC were in action once again; with the Dutch club facing recently promoted second tier side Achilles ’29.

On this occasion they would have again been disappointed with their performance after only managing a 0-0 draw; but at least they didn’t concede this time.

Although it was not down to Turnbull. The goalkeeper did not feature in the game as his trial came to an end and he flew back to the UK.

Now Turnbull is back training with his former club Middlesbrough with Tony Mowbray expected to make a move for the player later this week.

And I am not sure that Boro will have much competition from RKC for his signature after a trial spell in Holland that failed to inspire.

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