Jul 28 2012 By Tim Street
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MARK Harper (pictured) doesn't fear losing Joe Turner – despite the Hampton & Richmond Borough midfielder having a trial with Leyton Orient.
Turner played for the League One side in their friendly last week against Sutton United, whom ironically, Hampton played on Tuesday night.
But as flattered as he is by the interest, Turner has pledged his immediate future to the Harper's Ryman Premier side.
The Beavers boss said: “Joe had a trial with Leyton Orient, and although they did not offer him anything, they said they looked he look of him and would keep and eye on him.
“Joe is still at university for another year and won't make the step up until he has finished that, so he has said he will be a Hampton player for at least the next 12 months.
“He is the type of player who will play anywhere you ask him too, and we have him under contract too.”
Harper, who this week landed former Hampton midfielder Gary Holloway from Eastliegh, was also hoping to tie up deals for new signings Joshua Webb and Jon-Jo Bates, leaving him to concentrate on getting Darren Powell and Joel Ledgister to sign new deals.
Striker Ledgister has been training and playing trial games for other clubs, and if Hampton lose him, getting another front man in will become Harper's top priority.
He said: “I'm still negotiating with Joel. He's been elsewhere, but he keeps coming back to us, so there is still a chance he might sign.
“Joel is a very honest lad and has been totally up front with us, and I think the fact we looked after him when he got injured last season meant a lot.”