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16 September 2016

Returning Head of Recruitment Lee Turnbull is delighted to re-establish himself in familiar surroundings after returning to the club earlier in the week.

The 48-year-old reacted to returning to a club which he has already given over 20 years service to as a player, chief scout and working as part of the SUFC Trust.

"People who know me, know this club means a lot to me," he told

"I've done 20 years service whether it's been a player, part of the management team or heading up the community schemes. It was a pretty easy decision to come back.

"The good thing is that I've experienced promotion already during my time at Scunthorpe United. I think I've seen five promotions, worked with nine managers from being a player when Dave Moore first signed me right the way through to the current manager Graham Alexander, who I played with as well."

In his year away from the club, he experienced a campaign with Sheffield United under former Iron boss Nigel Adkins before moving on to fellow League One side Oldham.

"Myself and Nigel Adkins had a good working relationship when he was here with a lot of success and it was a conversation that came out of the blue (to leave Scunthorpe for Sheffield United)," he stated.

"The opportunity to work with him again at Sheffield United was one I thought at the time that I should take.

"In football, the one commodity you don't get is time but I hope one day Sheffield United will fulfill their potential of getting back, not only to the Championship but to the Premier League.

"Oldham came about through an ex-neighbour of mine, Sean O'Driscoll. I really enjoyed the two months that I was there. There were five contracted players that you would deem as first team players and we realised there was a necessity to build a squad and we signed 21 players in 21 days which is no mean achievement.

"They've been in the division for 19 seasons and hopefully they can stay in the division this season; that's their remit. It was good to link up with Bara (Ian Baraclough) again as I was here the first day he walked into Scunthorpe and was here the last day he unfortunately left us."

The transfer and loan window may be closed until January for Scunthorpe, but his hard work starts immediately as he looks at both the short term and the long term, as well as providing information on United's upcoming opponents.

"Recruitment doesn't stop. It is ongoing, whether you're looking for a player for tomorrow, next month or for in one or two years in some cases," said Turnbull.

"We have a reputation as a football club that we develop players and we have a lot of examples of that over the years. We have a wonderful squad at the moment and I take a little bit of pride in it that there are nine or ten players here of whom I was part of a management team that brought them in, and it's great to see them doing well."

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