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Jake Turner's loan with Colchester United ends - what next for the 22-year-old?

Colchester United have confirmed that Jake Turner is heading back to his parent club Newcastle. The 22-year-old old got a run in the side after their first choice keeper Shamal George sustained an injury.

His final outing for the U’s came last weekend in a 2-1 defeat to Sutton United in the Football League Trophy. It was certainly one to forget for Turner as he scored an own goal.

Having said that, there were positives from his spell in the north-east of Essex. In his first two appearances, he appeared in the League Two team of the week. His previous loan at Morecambe fared much worse where he made a number of errors.

Turner took to Twitter to thank the club for his time there and wished the club all the best as they look to avoid the drop.

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With his loan coming to an end, what’s next for Turner?

The Magpies already have four goalkeepers in their registered 25-man squad. Neither Martin Durbraka, Karl Darlow, Freddie Woodman or Mark Gillespie will likely be replaced by Turner.

Talks of Woodman heading out on loan have been discussed. The Toon Army will want to let a keeper go to allow another outfield player to fill the space. So for the 22-year old, a role in the first-team squad is highly unlikely.

You’d suspect that the likely outcome is Turner will go back into the Under-23 side. That was the case after his previous loan spell with the Shrimps.

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Perhaps next season the club will look to once again loan him out to a League One or Two side. But the decision to not extend his stay with Colchester is an interesting one. The club don’t need him at this time and overall his time in Essex was much better than his last loan move.

You get the feeling that perhaps Turner’s time on Tyneside is slowly but surely coming to an end – unless he has another productive loan spell away next season. Newcastle currently have a number of keepers in the side and it would be a real challenge for Turner to break in.

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