Leeds United goalkeeper Ross Turnbull told Radio Yorkshire that he feels his recent run-out against York City, was more to do with testing out the state of his back.
Turnbull was recently unveiled as a new signing for the club, with manager Uwe Rosler further improving his goalkeeping options after the addition of Charlie Horton from Cardiff City.
The experienced ex-Chelsea player has explained that he had no hesitation in being thrown straight into the against York to test his fitness, because he was desperate to join the club and play well in Leeds colours.
“I did two days of training and I think it was more to check out how I was moving in terms of my back injury,” he told Radio Yorkshire.
“It was great and something I was willing to do because I was desperate to come to this football club – I’ve not had a problem and the rehab has been fantastic, I’ve had a good summer and I’ve kept myself fit.”
Intense squad competition
Turnbull comes into an area of the squad where there is already intense competition for places.
Unlike other areas of the team, Rosler can only pick one player to perform as his goalkeeper, which means two out of Turnbull, Horton and Marco Silvestri will miss out.
Silvestri will most likely be the man who lines up against Burnley in a few weeks, deserving of that opportunity because of his relative consistency last season.
The benefit Turnbull creates for Leeds is simply the fact that he’s a top quality deputy and the side lose nothing in terms of basic shot stopping and command over a defence, if he comes into the team at any point.