Wy­combe new-boy Reece Sty­che on grab­bing his Foot­ball League chance

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Matt Bad­cock

REECE STY­CHE is plan­ning to make his mark in the Foot­ball League with Wy­combe Wan­der­ers – by be­ing a right nui­sance!

Un­til now the 24-year-old has spent his whole ca­reer graft­ing away and scor­ing goals in Non-League with the likes of Hed­nes­ford and Chase­town.

But in three years at par­ent club For­est Green, Wy­combe’s on-loan striker re­ally made his name by hit­ting the net 38 times in 78 starts.

That the highly-rated for­mer Eng­land C in­ter­na­tional only made his de­but in the Foot­ball League three weeks ago is largely down to loy­alty and two in­jury-hit years.

And he knows that now he’s on a dif­fer­ent stage, he’s got to prove his worth all over again. “It’s weird isn’t it? You come from the Con­fer­ence into the League and re­ally people don’t know what you’re about,” Sty­che said.“You make a name for yourself in the Con­fer­ence – ev­ery­one knows what type of player you are.

“When you come into the League you kind of have to repli­cate all that again. It’s go­ing to take me time to get used to play­ing in League Two. But the first part about me is my work rate and just be­ing a nui­sance and a hor­ri­ble player to play against. Hope­fully then the goals will start com­ing too.”

Sty­che is back at full speed af­ter a year of hell that started with a seem­ingly in­nocu­ous chal­lenge in a game against Wrex­ham, but re­sulted in a cru­ci­ate in­jury.

And de­spite miss­ing nine months, Sty­che is de­ter­mined to use a tough year to drive him on in 2014. “It was the worst year of my life,” he said. “I had the cru­ci­ate in­jury and then my gran­dad passed away in the sum­mer. Then my nan, who I was re­ally close to, passed away be­fore Christ­mas.

“I found out on the train­ing pitch. The new gaffer, Adrian Pen­nock, told me.We were just do­ing a pass­ing drill and I re­mem­ber see­ing the physio walk off just af­ter the gaffer shouted my name.


“I’m not spir­i­tual or re­li­gious but I be­lieve ev­ery­thing hap­pens for a rea­son. All you can do is be pos­i­tive. 2013 has gone and I had it in the back of mind that 2014 is go­ing to be a good year.

“I’m ab­so­lutely buzzing at the minute. I got the move to Wy­combe, made my League de­but and now I’ve been called up for Gi­bral­tar. It’s mas­sive and I’m in a good place at the mo­ment.”

Sty­che, who qual­i­fies through his grand­mother, says the Gi­bral­tar call for the up­com­ing friendlies with the Faroe Is­lands and Es­to­nia has got his whole fam­ily ex­cited.

Now he wants to be in­volved with UEFA’s new­est mem­ber’s Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship qual­i­fi­ca­tion cam­paign.

“My nan, who lives in Ger­many, is Gi­bral­tar­ian,” Sty­che said. “My un­cles, aun­ties and cousins all live over there and they’re re­ally proud.

“I’ve got a lit­tle cousin who plays foot­ball but I’ve never met him be­cause he’s only young so it’s great for the fam­ily over in Gib.

“It would be great to pull out a big pot. Eng­land, Bel­gium, Nor­way, Wales, North­ern Ire­land – some­thing like that would be amaz­ing.

“You go and watch it in the pub when Eng­land are play­ing. It would be nice to be in­volved. Fin­gers crossed I can be in­volved but it de­pends on how I play here.”

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