JAKE Turner is starting a new chapter in his football career at Newcastle United.

The former Wilmslow High School student had been on Bolton Wanderers' books since under 15s level but made the move north last week.

Goalkeeper Turner, who has played for England at under 18s and under 19s level, links up with United after a number of loan spells away from the University of Bolton Stadium.

Turner, 20, spent time on loan at Stalybridge Celtic and Darlington last season, and was also named on the Trotters’ bench in the Championship on the last day of the 2018-19 campaign.

“Stepping up to a Premier League club is massive," said Turner.

"We’ll see where I progress – playing in the Premier League is a dream – so we’ll see what happens.

“It’s a massive club, and I can’t wait to get going here.”

Turner will start out in the under 23s team.

He said former Bolton and Newcastle winger Sammy Ameobi helped persuade him to make the switch to St. James’ Park.

Turner played alongside Ameobi during their time at the University of Bolton stadium, and revealed the wideman – now at Nottingham Forest – spoke highly of his old club and made his decision an easy one.

“He was saying that it’s a great club, and all the staff are great. Just from that experience, I couldn’t wait to get here once I heard about it," said Turner.

“Sammy’s a good lad and I trust his opinion – he loved his time at Newcastle.”

He believes the temporary stints away from Bolton last season helped develop him as both a player and a person, as he adjusted to the different demands in non-league football.

“The loan spells have helped me, with the experience they have given me,” he said.

“I feel like I’ve matured, playing with the older pros – I’ve matured as a person and on the pitch. I’ve learned things – obviously it’s more physical when you drop a few leagues. It was a massive learning curve.”

Turner made his debut for his country at under 18s level against France in November 2016.

His 2016-17 campaign was capped with being named Wanderers’ Young Player of the Year and earning a two-year contract.

The former striker or centre half had only been keeping for four months at the point he was spotted by a scout and asked to attend a trial.

Millie Turner, who plays for Manchester United in the Women's Super League, is his older sister and has also represented England at various youth levels.