Jake Turner’s loan with League Two side Colchester United expires this month. So far the Newcastle United-owned goalkeeper has made 11 appearances across all competitions.

Turner joined the U’s on a half-season season from Newcastle last summer, but initially found it hard to get into the side. Shamal George was Colchester’s first choice, but he sustained an injury and Turner was given the nod.

George sustained a hip injury in a 1-0 defeat to Stevenage back in late November. Turner came on early into the second half and has been the main man between the sticks since.

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Patience has payed off for Jake Turner

After a slow start, Turner has had some strong showings for Colchester. In his first full league game, he put in a top performance against Exeter City in a 3-1 win. He earned himself a spot in the League Two team of the week for his shift against The Grecians. The victory saw Col U end Exeter’s 20-game unbeaten, in somewhat of an upset.

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The following week Turner would impress yet again for The U’s. He put in another top performance against Newport County, where Colchester drew 1-1. He pulled off many saves and was a big reason as to why they were able to get a draw.

The club and boss Hayden Mullins are hoping to extend the loan deal this month. It has been reported by the Colchester Gazette, that The U’s are hoping for an extension. Col U are in the midst of a relegation battle and will need the likes of Turner to keep them in the top flight.

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Good experience for Turner, his last spell didn’t go so well

The on-loan Newcastle shot-stopper has turned a corner at Colchester. In the summer of 2020, Turner went to Morecambe on a half-season loan and it was one to forget.

He made 17 appearances in all competitions but slowly began to fizzle out of the side. Turner made some costly errors, his last game for the club saw him make a howler against Solihull Moors in the FA Cup. Furthermore, he only accumulated 3 clean sheets.

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In January 2021 he was re-called by Newcastle and went back into the U23s side. It seems as if now Turner, 22, has had a big boost in confidence at Colchester and an extension until the end of the season benefits both parties. Turner gets to gain more experience, whilst Col U can hope Turner can be a big factor in a push for survival.

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