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IT has been a summer where Blues prospect Kyle Turner has been consistently linked with a move away from Stranraer.

However, with the season kicking off, the midfielder has confirmed his attention is very firmly focused on the south west and not the north east.

Turner spent a week on trial at Aberdeen at the turn of the year and much of the close season has seen him linked with a return to Pittodrie.

No bid has yet been made though and Turner is more than happy to keep winning fans in Wigtownshire.

He said: "I'm just going to keep doing what I am doing.

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"It's nice to be linked to places, but I am with Stranraer."

The 2017/18 season kicks off with a tie against today's visitors, St Mirren.

The Paisley side are not familiar foes for the Blues. Indeed, it is more than 11 years since the Buddies ventured down the A77 to Stair Park.

Billy Mehmet scored the only goal that day in April 2006 - when Turner would have been just eight years old.

Kyle will look to emulate his past accomplishments in this competition, having scored the Goal of the Group Stage against East Stirlingshire last season.

But today's tie also gives Turner the chance to strut his stuff against his former club.

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The 19 year old was just a youngster at St Mirren, before spells at Partick Thistle, Glentyan Boys' Club and onto Stranraer.

Turner stressed there were no hard feelings in terms of his release but he was looking forward to getting back on the pitch.

He said: "I would not say there is any revenge.

"I'm just looking forward to it.

"My dad (Tommy Turner) played for them and it will be good to play against them and show them what I can do."

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Turner senior made more than 100 appearances for St Mirren, after previously reaching treble figures in appearances for both Greenock Morton and St Johnstone.

He captained the Saints to the First Division title in 2000, and Stranraer fans will be hoping Turner junior and Stranraer could be challenging for their own promotion in ten months time.

It is likely to be an intriguing season, with three full time sides - Raith Rovers, Ayr United and Airdrieonians - likely to be among the favourites while Alloa Athletic narrowly missed out on promotion through the playoffs.

Turner was not looking that far ahead though and said: "It is not really something we have spoken about.

"We are looking at each game and taking it as it comes.

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"We feel we have got a squad that can go and compete up at the top end of the table but we will not look too far ahead."

The midfielder was a key component in last year's campaign, featuring in 37 of the 45 games.

He has already been heavily involved in pre-season as well, setting up Stephen Okoh against Larne in the opening pre-season friendly.

45 minutes against the Inver Park side was followed by a second half appearance against Dumbarton. Turner also featured against Dutch visitors FC Twente last weekend and told the club website he was nearing full fitness ahead of the campaign getting under way.

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He said: "Pre-season has been going well.

"Obviously, we did not have that long a break and we were back pretty quickly.

"It is about getting back to it and it is nice to get a break to start with but you want to get back into it.

"Pre-season started with a bit more fitness work to get the legs going again.

"We did a bit of running and you need that at the end of the season - we want to be fit."

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 Pos  Team  Pld   Pts 
1 Raith Rovers 7 19
2 Arbroath 7 13
3 Ayr United 7 13
4 Albion Rovers 7 12
5 East Fife 7 12
6 Stranraer 7 10
7 Alloa Athletic 7 8
8 Airdrieonians 7 7
9 Queen's Park 7 4
10 Forfar Athletic 7 3

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