It is fair to say that the 2014/15 campaign has been like a fairytale for Jordan Turnbull and it could be about to get even better for the young defender.
Arriving on a season-long loan from Premier League side Southampton in the summer, Turnbull was a relative unknown when he first walked through the doors of The County Ground with Town fans focusing all of their attentions on the return of Saints’ team-mate Jack Stephens.
But, fast forward almost twelve months and it has been a remarkable season for the Trowbridge-born 20-year-old, who is preparing for his first trip to Wembley in what is only his first-full season as a professional footballer.
Turnbull’s script this season is one Hollywood writers could only dream of writing – a near-ever present in a team fighting for promotion, winning his first cap for the England U20s side and scooping a Player of the Year Award.
This term has been beyond even Turnbull’s wildest dreams and the composed and hugely-promising centre-back is quick to admit that the prospect of stepping out at the national stadium in the League One Play-Off Final on Sunday still hasn’t quite sunk in yet.
“No, I don’t think so,” Turnbull told FLIC SPORT.
“I know it is going to be a great occasion and it’s a fantastic opportunity for us to get promoted.
“We’ve got a great opportunity on Sunday to take the club to the Championship.
“All the lads are confident we can do that.
“It’s been a fantastic season and I never would have dreamed of playing at Wembley this year – some people never get that opportunity to play at Wembley, so for me to be able to play at Wembley in a Play-Off Final in my first season as a professional footballer is amazing.
“It’s going to be a great day for the club, my family, myself and all of the players.
“First of all, I came out on loan to gain that first-team experience and I can’t thank the gaffer and Luke (Williams, First-Team Coach) enough for showing their faith in me and playing me in the amount of games that I’ve played in.
“For the team to do so well has been fantastic really and I don’t think anyone expected us to be where we are right now.
“Unfortunately, we missed out on automatic promotion but we haven’t let that hinder us, we went into the play-offs and we’ve got to the final now and we’ve got that amazing opportunity to go up to the Championship via the play-off final.
“Playing at Wembley is going to be remarkable and I think it’s going to be an amazing day on Sunday.
“All the lads are really confident, we’re going to try and treat it as a normal game, go out there and don’t let the occasion get to us too much and we’re really confident that we can do the business on Sunday and help the club get promotion.
“It’s going to be a great day for all of us and one that we won’t forget, but we need to go out there and play our football the way we’ve been doing all season because it has worked for us.
“We’ve got one last 90 minutes of football to hopefully clinch promotion and I think that’s going to be a life changing opportunity for everyone involved with the club.
“We’ll all really focused on getting the win and we can’t wait now.”
Turnbull – who started his career at Swindon Town’s Centre of Excellence before being snapped up by Southampton – will have a large following at Wembley with his family and close friends still residing in his hometown of Trowbridge.
“The whole season has been a bit of a whirlwind for my family – they’ve come to every home game and have loved it – for me to now be going to Wembley, my dad and my mum are really excited and they can’t wait until Sunday,” added the 20-year-old.
“It’s going to be a great occasion for everyone involved.”