Nottingham Forest have been handed a sizeable boost in their quest to land Aberdeen defender Luke Turner, with the player set to become a free agent.
Dons boss Jim Goodwin has told The Press and Journal that a new contract won’t be in the offing for the powerful defender.
Turner spent the 2021/22 campaign on loan with Cliftonville. His form earned him the Young Player of the Year award at the Northern Ireland Football Awards last week.
Now, he’s reportedly set to go on trial with Forest and it seems as though the path is clear for the Reds to offer him something.
The 19-year-old has failed to make a first-team appearance for Aberdeen. During the current campaign, he did get 43 games under his belt for Cliftonville, however.
Turner is an uncompromising defender and Forest are clearly keen to take a look at him ahead of next season.
Goodwin has been discussing why his future won’t be with Aberdeen.
He told The Press and Journal: “Luke has had a really good loan period over in Northern Ireland and has done particularly well. We just believe it’s a little bit short for what we’re looking for in that area.
“We’ve got another one or two good young centre-backs coming through the system and you’re always wary of blocking that pathway.”
Forest want Turner and he will hope to emulate Scott McKenna
If the trial goes well and the centre-back earns himself a deal, he will have one Forest star that he could look up to.
McKenna has been instrumental since checking in from Aberdeen. He’s arguably been Forest’s best player this season and is getting better with each performance.
Turner is an interesting one. He doesn’t have a great deal of experience but he could be one for the club to nurture and help progress through the ranks.
Forest have a proud history of producing young players and it will be interesting to see if Turner can win a contract at the City Ground.