Boreham Wood Football Club are delighted to announce the capture of former West Ham winger Blair Turgott on a 93-day loan from Stevenage.
The 23-year-old from Bromley, will link up with the squad tomorrow morning and will be available for selection against his previous side Leyton Orient.
Turgott began his career in the academy at West Ham and made his Hammers debut in January 2014 against Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup.
The winger enjoyed a series of loan spells with the likes of Bradford City, Rotherham United and Colchester United. He scored his first ever professional goal against his current club Stevenage in December 2013, while on-loan at Colchester.
Upon signing, the 23-year-old told the official club website: “I am looking forward to it and I can’t wait to get started. I am excited to play some games and help the team to push forward.
“I have been at Stevenage this season, but I needed to get some games under my belt and I needed to be playing football.
“Luke Garrard got in contact with me and sold everything to me; the way that he wants to play, where he sees the team going and where he sees me in the team.”
Turgott has represented England up to Under 19 level, including 14 appearances for the Under 17s. During his spell with the Under 17s, he helped them to top their group in the FIFA U17 World Cup, with a vital goal against Canada.
A short spell with Coventry followed his time at West Ham, before he was snapped up by Leyton Orient in 2015. The 23-year-old again opened his account against current side Stevenage, volleying in a “stunning” effort from 20-yards for the O’s.
He had a year-long spell with hometown side Bromley in 2016, netting an impressive 16 times from midfield in all competitions. His spell with Bromley earnt him a move to his current side Stevenage.
Turgott continued: “I am an attacking threat, I like to score and make goals, I showed that last season and I want to show that again here, I just want to show what I can do and help the team really.
“I know that I can play at this level and I just want to crack on and help the team.”
Boreham Wood manager Luke Garrard spoke of his delight at capturing the winger, praising the club’s recent “Boost the Budget” Function Hire initiative.
Garrard stated: “He played at this level with Bromley last year and he was very successful; he has got goals in his game and I think that he can hurt defenders because of his pace and his trickery, so it is very exciting.
“I know that he is going to be a success, he brings added quality to what we’ve already got in the squad and he will boost competition at the top end of the pitch.”
The ‘Boost the Budget’ Function Hire initiative was announced by the Chairman at the start of September. The Chairman promised that any increase in the club’s function suite income would go straight into Manager Luke Garrard’s first team budget.
On the effect of the initiative, Garrard continued: “The minute that I said of his availability to the Chairman, he got on the phone to the Chairman at Stevenage and got the deal done. So, fair play to Boost the Budget and fair play to the Chairman for backing myself to get him on-board.”