Cardiff City can confirm that Ben Turner will depart the club this summer following five years of service to the Bluebirds.
Ben joins fellow senior professionals Kenwyne Jones, Joe Lewis, Etien Velikonja and Filip Kiss in departing Cardiff City Stadium. Each of them leave with our sincere thanks and very best wishes.
‘TENACITY & CONSISTENCY'
Having joined the Bluebirds back in August 2011, Birmingham-born Ben Turner has been a key part of our first-team setup and progression. A no-nonsense centre back, it didn’t take ‘Big Ben’ long to etch his name into Cardiff City’s history books - starting in the 2012 League Cup Final and scoring that breath-taking 120th minute equaliser against Liverpool.
Ben played a significant part in the heart of the City backline as City romped towards promotion during the 2012/13 season and went on to make thirty-one Premier League appearances the following year with many touting him for an England call up by virtue of his tenacity and consistency.
Injuries unfortunately curtailed Ben’s Bluebirds progress over the past two seasons, though a swan-song on the final day of the 2015/16 campaign at home to Birmingham City proved fitting.
Ben made 121 appearances during his five years at the club. We thank him for his significant contribution and the memories he helped make.
U21/DVP RETAIN LIST
In addition to the senior professionals mentioned above, four of our U21/DVP crop will be moving on to pastures new.
Cardiff City Football Club would like to wish Jazzi Barnum-Bobb, Abdi Noor, Tyler Roche and Curtis Watkins the very best of luck for their future endeavours.
Contract extensions have been offered to U21/DVP squad members. Luke O'Reilly, Elijah Phipps, Jamie Veale, Macauley Southam, David Tutonda, Ashley Baker, Dylan Rees, Tom James, Robbie Patten, Tommy O'Sullivan and Theo Wharton.
Meanwhile, professional deals have been offered to members of this season’s U18 squad to step up into U21/DVP football. We’d like to congratulate Jamie Bird, Rhys Abbruzzese, Lloyd Humphries and Rollin Menayese and look forward to monitoring their progress.
Watch some of Big Ben's highlights with the Bluebirds below...