Luke Turner: Defender signs for Cliftonville after successful loan spell

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Luke Turner played a key role as Cliftonville pushed Linfield on the final day of the Irish Premiership season

Cliftonville have announced the signing of defender Luke Turner after an impressive loan spell last season.

Turner, 20, was on loan from Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen and helped the Reds win the League Cup and finish second in the Irish Premiership.

The Dublin native signs a permanent deal after leaving Pittodrie in May.

“Anyone who saw Luke’s performance for us last season will understand why we were so keen to bring him back,” manager Paddy McLaughlin said.

“This is great news for the Club, a real boost for our team and I know our supporters will be delighted to hear the news as Luke has been very popular with them from the moment he crossed the line. wears last year.”

Turner was signed by Aberdeen in 2018 and the Republic of Ireland youth international had loan spells with Turriff United and Wexford before his successful move to Solitude last season, when he scored two goals in 45 appearances .

He helped the Reds secure automatic European qualification with a runners-up finish in the league and starred in the League Cup triumph over Coleraine.

Turner was also named the club’s Young Player of the Year, Irish Premiership Young Player of the Year and Ulster Young Footballer of the Year.

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