September 25th, 2016

Alvechurch snap up former West Bromwich Albion scholar Tom Turton from Sutton Coldfield Town

MIDFIELDER Tom Turton has become Alvechurch’s second new signing of the summer as manager Ian Long reshapes his squad.

Wide midfielder Turton, a former West Bromwich Albion scholar, has joined the Churchmen from Evo-Stik Northern Premier side Sutton Coldfield Town. He has also featured for Stourbridge.

Long said: “Tom is a creative central midfielder, with a lot of quality.

“We need to keep improving the squad and bringing in Tom will certainly do that. It will add more competition for places and that brings the best of players.”

Alvechurch, who just missed out on promotion from the Midland Premier despite a club record 101 points, have already signed keeper Charlie Price from Stourbridge and Long says he is also on the trail of a striker.

Nick Wright and Nathan Waite look to set to follow Karl Edwards in leaving Lye Meadow. Waite is understood to be a target for Sutton Coldfield, while Edwards is being linked with Bromsgrove Sporting.

Youngster Danny Moy will be promoted from the youth team to the first team next season, with Long having high hopes the under-18s top scorer can step up.

But the Churchmen will also have powerful forward Aaron Lloyd also joining for pre-season training with a view to signing.

The former Halesowen Town and Causeway United forward has been told he need to sharpen up his fitness to win a deal.

“I do rate Aaron highly but he has had problems with his fitness,” said Long.

“We need him to get himself fitter and he has been sending me pictures of him working out in the gym so he’s keen to do that. He has got to be able to hit the ground running when we start in pre-season.”

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