Purnell is a talented goalkeeper who has graduated through the club’s Academy, climbing from the youth ranks to assert himself as an indispensable foundation of the first team squad.
At a young age, the shot stopper represented North Somerset Schools and Plymouth Argyle Juniors prior to joining Weston where he was the first choice for Somerset County Under 18s. He was also selected for the English Colleges side followed by a call-up to the British Colleges side.
While finding his feet as he came through the U18 setup, Purnell gained experience at Western (Toolstation) league level with Biddestone, Odd Down and Weston St. Johns. He was also an “ever present” in the Weston Youth side that won the Premier Division Somerset Floodlight Youth League 2008/09.
Recognised with multiple England C call-ups, Purnell has established himself as one of the finest goalkeepers in non-league football. His consistency and loyalty have earned him fan favourite status.
Luke has started every league game for the Seagulls in the past three seasons, with the local goalkeeper holding his status as a firm fans’ favourite through consistent performances and with an ever-changing backline in front of him, the keeper continues to assert himself in between the sticks.