Jak Alnwick on trial at Leeds United as rumours link club with Ross Turnbull

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Leeds United have taken the former Newcastle United player on trial.

Adam Drury is not the only player currently on trial at Leeds United. As confirmed by Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay, former Newcastle United goalkeeper Jak Alnwick is also attempting to earn a permanent contract with the Championship club.

With Stuart Taylor and Alex Cairns leaving Elland Road at the end of last season, Leeds were always going to be on the look-out for new ‘keepers to act as back-up for Marco Silvestri, and while youngster Charlie Horton has been signed, the American is very much one for the future.

The Yorkshire Evening Post has recently reported that Leeds are considering a move for 30-year-old Ross Turnbull, but it seems there is another option in the form of Alnwick.

The 22-year-old is the perfect age to be a back-up stopper, and given his time at Newcastle he certainly has the talent and the confidence to excel if called upon to play ahead of Silvestri due to injury or suspension.

Alnwick burst onto the scene last season, forced to come off the bench for the injured Rob Elliot against Chelsea and putting in a superb performance in a 2-1 victory.

Making a series of notable stops, Alnwick ensured Newcastle came away with all three points against the side who would ultimately be crowned Premier League champions.

The injury situation at Newcastle then ensured Alnwick played a further six league matches and while things did not always go his way, he showed he has the skill-set to blossom into a very fine ‘keeper.

Turnbull may be reluctant to sign for Leeds only to sit on the bench and wait for his chances, but the same cannot be said of Alnwick, who did just that at Newcastle.

It will ultimately be down to how the latter impresses during his trial, but along with Drury it seems Leeds have a couple of trialists who have what it takes to be effective first-team squad members.

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