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Hines and Turner on Town trial
SWINDON manager Paolo Di Canio is running the rule over Zavon Hines and Iain Turner as he bids to add to his squad before the start of the club’s League One campaign, the Advertiser understands.
Both players are free agents after attacking midfielder Hines was released by Burnley and Turner’s contract was not renewed at Lancashire rivals Preston, and the pair were training with the Town squad yesterday in a bid to earn themselves a contract at the club.
Di Canio revealed after Monday night’s 1-0 victory at Swindon Supermarine that he was confident of bringing in a new face in the coming days, and Hines, who can play as an attacking midfielder or out wide, could fit the bill as the Italian plots to link the midfield to the strikers.
Wes Foderingham is currently the only senior goalkeeper at the club, with youngster Leigh Bedwell backing him up, and Turner could provide welcome competition for the number one jersey.
Jamaican-born Hines, 23, began his career as a hot prospect with West Ham where he made 31 appearances scoring three goals, and was also loaned out to Coventry where he scored once in seven substitute appearances.
But despite a decent start to his career Hines eventually left Upton Park to move north to Burnley, but he never made a league start under Eddie Howe and was eventually loaned to Bournemouth before the Turf Moor club chose to not take up the option to extend his contract.
Turner, 28, has spent the majority of his career as a back-up keeper, and has played less than 100 senior games since starting-out at home-town club Stirling.
From there, the 6ft 3in keeper made a £50,000 move to Premier League side Everton, but only made six appearances for the Goodison Park club in between several spells on loan at clubs including Crystal Palace, Sheffield Wednesday and Coventry.
The Scot’s final temporary spell away from Merseyside was at Preston, and after making his move to Deepdale permanent, he grabbed the headlines as he scored his side’s second goal in their 2-0 victory at home to Notts County with an 80-yard kick which bounced over opposite number Stuart Nelson.
But he fell out of favour after Graham Westley took over as the club’s manager, and was released after spending the second half of the season on loan at Dunfermline.