PULLING on a red and black Centrals cap was never part of Dean Turner’s plan.
Turner bled green and gold for 231 innings, and is CYMS’ leading run scorer of all time, plundering over 6000 runs.
Despite the almost legend status Turner holds at the club, after serving a seven-week suspension the 34-year-old was informed by CYMS president Peter Snowden due to player numbers his services wouldn’t be necessary in season 2013-14.
Turner was one of six CYMS player suspended, but is the only one to not be welcomed back with open arms.
“There’s no hard feelings going either way there,” Turner explained.
“It was definitely a bit disappointing I couldn’t get a run there, my first choice was to play at CYMS again. But there just isn’t enough room, and to be honest it would have been either first grade or third grade, as CYMS have no seconds side and I think the lowest grade is a more fun-type of atmosphere, rather than competitive.”
Turner said retirement had crossed his mind as a result of the decision.
“My first thought when Snowy [CYMS president Peter Snowden] told me was that I just wouldn’t play again.” Turner said.
“But I still want to have a run, I think I’ve got a few years left in me so I made the decision to come to Centrals.
“They’re a good bunch of blokes and I get along with them, especially Sanga [Dan Sandford].”
Turner will debut for the red and blacks against Kinross today, and said his goal was to add some continuity to Centrals’ line-up.
“I know they’ve been struggling for a bit of consistency in terms of players going in and out,” he said.
“From what I’ve read the boys aren’t going great guns, and we’ll need to win most of our games to make the semis, so hopefully me coming over will add a bit of consistency, with selection and the bat. I’m really looking forward to getting out there.”