Northampton Town: Johnson joy at Paul Turnbull deal

Cobblers V Bury, football action. 'Pictured: Gary Johnson. 'SPORT, JEFF.
Cobblers V Bury, football action. 'Pictured: Gary Johnson. 'SPORT, JEFF.

COBBLERS boss Gary Johnson has spoken of his delight at the imminent capture of Stockport County midfielder Paul Turnbull.

It was announced on Saturday that the clubs have agreed a fee for the 22-year-old and Johnson, who expects to see the transfer rubber stamped on Wednesday, believes he has signed a gem of a player.

Turnbull has been on Johnson’s shopping list since the end of last season and, despite a little bit of wrangling between the clubs over the fee last week, he is excited to have finally got his man.

“I came up against him a couple of times last season when I was manager at Peterborough and we played Stockport in the FA Cup,” said Johnson.

“He had two decent games and I feel he has a particular game that will be handy for us.

“He is a good passer of the ball, he is busy and gets about the pitch, and he can either play the midfield holding role or an attacking role.

“He’s a leader as well. He has been captain at Stockport for a year or so, he’s only 22, and the way he plays you can see why they made him captain.

“As a player he is very comfortable receiving the ball and wants to receive the ball all over the field.

“I like him a lot, and I’m really pleased we’ve got him.”

Turnbull leaves Stockport having made 146 appearances for the Hatters, having risen through the youth ranks, and he chipped in with nine goals in that time.

Johnson only arrived back from holiday yesterday, and isn’t due in Northampton until Wednesday, when it is anticipated the Turnbull signing will be officially announced, as well as the identity of the club’s new assistant manager.

Johnson has made his decision on who that will be but is keeping the news under wraps, although the new man will be in place ahead of the squad returning for pre-season training on Friday.

Whether goalkeeper Chris Dunn will be part of that squad is still up in the air, with Johnson saying the Cobblers are still waiting for further contact from Coventry City, who tabled a bid for the player 10 days ago.