Permanent deal agreed for former Newcastle and Colchester keeper.

The Gills added a second goalkeeper to their ranks in the space of days with the capture of former Newcastle United goalscorer Jake Turner.

The 23-year-old, who was released by the Premier League club in June, joins Ashley Maynard-Brewer at MEMS Priestfield Stadium who signed a season-long loan deal with Charlton Athletic on Tuesday.

Turner began his career at Bolton Wanderers’ academy and spent time on loan with Stalybridge Celtic and Darlington before signing for Newcastle in the summer of 2019. He made two appearances for the club’s U21 side in the Trophy Papa John 2019/20, making his Macclesfield debut.

He joined Morecambe on a season-long loan in the summer of 2020, making 17 appearances and keeping three clean sheets before being recalled by the Magpies at the start of 2021.

Later that year he signed for Colchester United on loan, playing against the Gills in an EFL Trophy tie at the Weston Homes Community Stadium. He made 14 appearances in total before the end of his contract.

Jake, who is around 6’4, has represented England at U18 and U19 level, he joins his new teammates at ME7 with immediate effect and could feature at Folkestone on Saturday.

Welcome to the club, Jacques!