Blair Turgott Talks About His Time Playing For Ostersunds FK In Sweden
Former Bantams loanee Blair Turgott is set to continue his Swedish adventure as he enters the second year of a three year contract with Ostersunds FK. Whilst the UK has spent most of the summer in lockdown, the footballer has spent the summer enjoying sight seeing as Sweden has taken a different approach than most other countries to the coronavirus. The citizens of Sweden have had no lockdown measures in place, with pubs and shops open to the public and professional sport still being played. Turgott is now preparing for the return of the Swedish top-flight as the new season returns to action this Sunday.
After a short delay to the start of the Swedish Allsvenskan season it’s no surprise that the country’s professional league is cracking on with a return to action. Turgott said, “I know about the lockdown and the strict rules they have had over in England but here in Sweden you can look out the window and everyone is just going about their business in a normal manner. There has been a few rules about eating in restaurants and keeping two metres away in stores, but there is freedom for people to go around where ever they want.”
Ostersunds FK are preparing for an away match against Hammarby this Sunday who finished third last year, just one point off the top in a thrilling three-horse race for the Championship. It’s going to be a big year for me this year said Turgott, “Last year I went straight in and I had to get familiar with everything, it was the first time I had played in another country. The club have been brilliant, the manager (Englishman Ian Burchnall) was understanding and he knows it is not going to be easy to go straight from one league to another, but from a personal perspective I think I did well considering I had a few niggles when I arrived at the club.
The main objective last season was achieved as we stayed in the league, from a personal objective I learned a lot and gained some experience against the bigger teams during a settling in period. I think this season now is all about showing people what I can do and what I am really about. I always like to let my football do the talking and the platform is here to showcase myself and help the team as much as I can.”
Östersund is a lovely place to live and the summer the weather is sunny with temperatures reaching the mid twenties to the thirties, however the winter months are really cold around minus ten to twenty. Turgott said, “It’s a really cool place and the winter was the worst I have ever experienced. I would happily take the English weather any day of the week. I thought I knew cold but this cold is like a different kind of cold in England its just your hands and feet, but here it goes through to your bones, through the blood. I used to wear gloves on Tuesday night games in England and now I am thinking, what was I doing.
But you have to be thankful. There are negative things but there are positives too, you get to see part of the world you would never have seen before under normal circumstances and it has been good, I have my family here and that helps a lot. Ostersunds not only has an English manager, but several of the coaching staff are from here too, along with many of the players which was a key factor in tempting me to try something new.”