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9 June 2014

Returning chief scout Lee Turnbull will leave no stone unturned as United look to become a real force in League One this season.

Turnbull, who has been back in the role for just over a month now, has worked tirelessly with manager Russ Wilcox and chairman Peter Swann as the ambitious Iron look to bring in the right players to help them push on.

"The main thing was to secure the lads out of contract who Russ wanted to keep, and we've managed to do that," Turnbull told The Iron Player.

"Russ and the chairman have been working 24/7 really to try and secure those deals.

"Unfortunately some players have had to leave, but Russ has managed to secure the core of the squad.

"We can now move it forward. I don't think we need to bring too many players in to improve the squad, but hopefully there will be one or two exciting signings before the season commences."

Turnbull returns to the role after three years away from it, originally departing the position during Alan Knill's reign as manager.

During that time he has been working for Championship clubs, in addition to his role as chief executive of the SUFC Trust.

The former Iron midfielder notably played a big part in recruitment during Nigel Adkins' successful spell as Scunthorpe boss and he is hoping for more of the same this time around.

"I'm delighted to be back on board," he added.

"In the last three years, I've had a year with Watford and a couple of years at Huddersfield.

"I learned a lot working with Sean Dyche, Simon Grayson and Mark Robins.

"I gained great experience on the whole scouting process from that, and built up my knowledge base and my contacts list.

"I'm really looking forward to the challenge ahead.

"It always helps when you have an idea of what the manager wants and what his requirements are.

"I think that worked particularly well with Nigel Adkins here, because we worked so well together.

"I've got a great relationship with Russ and I think it will go very well."

Part of Turnbull's remit will be finding players to bring into the club, as well as taking a detailed look at our next opponents.

"I've been around here nearly 20 years and the facilities have improved, as has the technology," he continued.

"We can access clips of games now, whereas before you had to get out and about a lot more.

"I still do travel a lot, seeing numerous games a week and have done a lot of work in Europe scouting.

"I've been to nearly every ground in the UK and Ireland, and seen a lot of U21 football, U18 football in addition to first team and reserve team football, all the way down to the Conference South and beyond.

"The players are out there, but you've got to find them. You need to have your eyes on the prize.

"Russ is very keen on that in terms of recruitment. He's a knowledgeable, intelligent guy.

"Sometimes in a management group you need people to complement each other and I think we've got that mix at the club right now.

"I've been using my contacts to make enquiries."

See much more from Lee Turnbull on The Iron Player.

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