RUNCORN boss Alvin McDonald has looked to the future by signing Jimmy Turner - after a month's wait, writes DAVE BETTLEY.
The 21-year-old defender/midfielder is the second player to join from UniBond One side Gresley Rovers and comes on the recommendation of the first, Karl Brown.
McDonald said: 'Jimmy was somebody we were aware of because he was in the Derby County youth side with Karl. Karl played for me at Northwich Vics on loan from Hednesford.
'And, with him being a Liverpool lad, we had an agreement that if I got a job locally, I could bring him through.
'He also told me about Jimmy and I kept tabs on them both.
'But you can't take two players from the same club without a 28-day gap; otherwise, they would both have arrived in the same week.'
Turner, who made his debut at Barrow on the right side of midfield, hails from Derby but is moving to Merseyside where he has a job lined up.
McDonald said: 'Jimmy is quite athletic and can get up and down the pitch well.
'In Karl, Jimmy and Tom Field we are bringing in lads who are young and can take us forward.'
McDonald, who has his eyes on a second keeper, had also been hoping to introduce Aaron Rey at Holker Street.
Rey has registered from Poulton Vics to ease Runcorn's striker problems but ironically, is now also injured.
Midfield-man Anton Lally was handsomely praised by McDonald.
Lally got through 90 minutes at the first attempt after a long injury as the Linnets booked a third-round date with Carlisle United - probably on January 25.
Tom Spearritt also began his fight back from Achilles trouble in midweek as a non-playing sub.
But Lee Parle missed out because of a lingering ankle problem.
He is unlikely to be risked in Saturday's Halton Stadium duel against Nuneaton (ko 3pm) but may figure at home to Southport on Tuesday (ko 7.45pm).
The Linnets await confirmation as to the length of Ged Courtney's suspension. The first of his two cautions at Barrow was his fifth of the season, taking him over the limit. He received his second booking for dissent.
But McDonald, generally unhappy with the performance of a referee who booked four other Linnets, said: 'Ged said he didn't say anything and the lad was so distressed, I think he was telling the truth.'