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Word of support: Chris Turner, the former Manchester United goalkeeper, has a financial interest in AFC Wakefield, where Bermuda’s Quinaceo Hunt is first-choice glakeeper

Chris Turner, the former Manchester United goalkeeper, believes the Concacaf Gold Cup could be the making of Bermuda goalkeeper Quinaceo Hunt.

Turner, who made 64 appearances for United from 1985 to 1988, has high hopes for the AFC Wakefield man, who will play for the West Yorkshire club next season, their first in the Central Midlands League.

Hunt, 19, the youngest member of Bermuda’s 23-man squad, will likely be the island’s third-choice goalkeeper behind Dale Eve and Jahquil Hill at the biennial regional tournament.

“It is a tremendous honour for him,” Turner, the Wakefield chairman, told the Wakefield Express.

“Next season is going to be a big season for him, and for us as a club.

“But for him to be working with the national team, it is going to be great for him.”

Turner, who also played for Sheffield Wednesday, believes the PHC Zebras player will learn plenty from training every day with professionals such as Nahki Wells and Reggie Lambe.

“Training with him [Wells] will be great for him,” he added. “He has been in and around the squad with the earlier age groups.

“But to be picked for the national squad is good for us all. We are very pleased for him.”

Turner, 60, joined a number of local businessmen in the venture in which Wakefield will kick off their maiden season in 2019-20

Bermuda face Haiti in their opening group B match at the Estadio Nacional in San José tomorrow, before taking on Costa Rica at the Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, on June 20 and Nicaragua at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, on June 24.

Stephen Wright travelled to San José, Costa Rica, courtesy of JetBlue, which provided flights between Bermuda, Boston, Orlando and San José. Flights available at www.jetblue.com

Growing experience: Quinaceo Hunt in action for Bermuda Under-19 against West Ham last summer (Photograph by Akil Simmons)