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DEFENDER THANKS MANAGER FOR THE CHANCE TO REBUILD HIS CAREER

13 June 2017

BEN Turner has thanked Nigel Clough for giving him the chance to resurrect his career after suffering serious ankle injuries.

The defender signed for the Brewers in summer 2016 and went on to make 38 Championship starts finally putting his injury problems behind him. Now he has signed a new two-year deal.

Turner said: “The manager took a massive risk on me because the two years before I signed I couldn’t get fit with my ankles. I had several operations which failed. Then I found a surgeon in London who had a revolutionary technique of ankle surgery and, touch wood, that has worked. But at the time, the Gaffer didn’t know that would work but he took my word for it that I felt good and also took what the surgeon said that I could play a Championship season.

“Hopefully, I have repaid him by contributing to us staying in the league, which was a success for the club. I’m just very grateful that the manager took that gamble on me.

“I don’t want to ever be there again as it was two years of hell in footballing terms. It was the lowest I have been in my career in terms of the confidence in my own body to play games as my ankles were failing me. I thank the surgeon massively and I haven’t had any problems since. Hopefully, that’s behind me now as last season’s 38 league starts show.”


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