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Kyle Turner may be not long back into his career after pre-season neck surgery sidelined him, but that didn’t stop the young forward making an impression against the Cowboys on Thursday night in just his second game back.

Turner was in brilliant defensive form in his 69 minutes on the field in Townsville, finishing up with a game-high tackle count of 46 tackles – the only player on the field to hit the 40s.

“A bit battered and bruised, but feeling quite good actually – relieved that I got through an 80 minute game,” said Turner.

“You’ve just got to focus on the little jobs, if you over-complicate things, you start over-thinking and things get out of hand.”

Turner was pleased with his team’s efforts against the high-flying Cowboys, crediting the win to the narrow focus his side had in preparation for the match.

“I think it was more just focusing on what we can do better and getting back to the level we know we can play at,” said Turner.

“I know last week we didn’t really perform at the level we’re capable of and last night (Thursday) was a real credit game to the boys. We really put in a top effort and came away with the win.”

Turner was given a clean bill of health recently after his prolonged period spent on the sidelines and is feeling in top condition – something he credits to the Club’s diligence in putting his health first.

“They’ve taken me to see every doctor possible,” said Turner.

“They’ve really supported me and made sure my health comes first, so I couldn’t thank them enough.”

The Rabbitohs will return to ANZ Stadium next Friday night to take on the Bulldogs in Round 24 of the Premiership. Members and supporters are urged to Assemble and cheer the boys over the line! Purchase your tickets now!

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