One of the key Pars summer signings arrived at East End Park today when Stranraer midfielder Kyle Turner joined Dunfermline. The highly rated 21 year old has signed a 2 year deal and perfectly fits the description of young, hungry and talented that Stevie Crawford used to outline the type of player he wants to bring to the club. This is an excellent piece of business.
Kyle made his debut for Stranraer - his only senior club - at the age of 17 in September 2015. Playing 20 games in his first season, he then went onto make 37, 41 and another 41 appearances in the seasons that followed. Encouragingly, his goalscoring record has improved with each passing season, and he also has a combative side to his game judging by the 13 bookings he collected in 2018/19.
Kyle, born in Paisley in November 1997, is the son of former St Mirren midfielder Tommy Turner. He had a trial at West Bromwich Albion in May 2018 and has also been scouted by Aberdeen and Dundee United.
The video below shows one of Kyle's goals for Stranraer this season. It can be seen after 32 seconds (video owned by Stranraer FC, linked from their YouTube channel):
Thankfully, both Dunfermline and Stranraer were able to come to an agreement over the development fee that the League 1 club were due for the player. With Stevie Crawford's budget reduced for the coming season, it was vital to find middle ground in such a deal. It also shows how much the manager rates the player, as any type of cash deal these days is rare.
On the same day that the club came to an agreement to terminate Myles Hippolyte's contract, the signing of a young, talented player underlined the difference with last summer's disastrous recruitment by Allan Johnston - which included handing Hippolyte a 2 year contract. Attitude is every bit as important as ability, which is why the signing of Kyle Turner is to be welcomed. We have the makings of an energised team for next season, a team that will give their all on the pitch, which is all we can ask for.