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Forgotten Leeds United signing Ross Turnbull is highly rated by new CEO Ben Mansford

Ross Turnbull

Leeds United goalkeeper Ross Turnbull will hope to be in the mix this season after injury.

Ross TurnbullRoss Turnbull

Leeds United announced their new chief executive this week, luring Ben Mansford away from Barnsley.

Mansford had been at Barnsley for three years - and will be familiar with one Leeds United player already, Ross Turnbull.

The CEO signed Turnbull for Barnsley in 2014, on a free transfer from Doncaster Rovers.

Ross Turnbull - Doncaster RoversRoss Turnbull - Doncaster Rovers

Speaking to the Yorkshire Post at the time, Mansford spoke glowingly about the goalkeeper, who is currently 31.

He said: "Ross was top of our list produced by Mark Crossley in consultation with the management staff and we took it to the board and they approved it.

“We believe we have recruited the best keeper in League One and someone who has been a consummate performer at levels above this league. Quite a few bigger clubs were also in for Turnbull, who wanted him as a No 2.”

Turnbull left Barnsley after a year to make the jump up a division to sign with Leeds United, and while he began as number two, he quickly put pressure on Marco Silvestri, who started last season poorly.

Leeds' Marco SilvestriLeeds' Marco Silvestri

Amid calls for him to be granted more opportunities, Turnbull's season ended when he broke his ankle last October.

He has become very much a forgotten figure at the club with teenager Bailey Peacock-Farrell coming to the fore and signing a new deal, but he could yet have a part to play this campaign, with one year left on his contract.

The Mail reported earlier this month Marco Silvestri is wanted by three Italian clubs, and if Leeds did let him go, then a fit again Turnbull could play a bigger role, for the first team or simply by mentoring Peacock-Farrell.

If they keep Silvestri, then Turnbull could be allowed to leave, but Mansford knows his value and will want to get a useful fee for him.

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