Portsmouth goalkeeper Duncan Turnbull seals loan transfer to Las Vegas Lights

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Pompey goalkeeper Duncan Turnbull has joined Las Vegas Lights on loan.

The 22-year-old joined the United Soccer League Championship squad until the end of the Blues season as he sets out in search of regular first-team football.

He is one of nine newcomers announced by the Cashman Field team as they prepare for their 2021 campaign in the US Second Tier Pacific Division.

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It’s not entirely clear if Pompey will take that option, however, with Kenny Jackett – the Blues boss who brought him to this side of the Atlantic – replaced by Danny Cowley last month.

It’s fair to say that Turnbull has had a frustrating time in England following his move in March – a stint unassisted, of course, by the coronavirus.

He couldn’t get a loan transfer to the Hawks at the start of the 2020-21 campaign after testing the Westleigh Park kit.

Turnbull made an appearance for Pompey following his return to the Champion Hill club.

Still, he only played 60 minutes, with Jackett opting to field compatriot Taylor Seymour for the final half hour as he sought a suitable replacement for Craig MacGillivray following an injury to Alex Bass.

None of the keepers, however, were deemed appropriate – which led Pompey to sign Exeter Lewis Ward plug on loan until the end of the season.

Ward has since served as a regular replacement for McGillivray, allowing the Blues to send Illinois-born Turnbull again, this time to the United States.

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