‘TRAITOR’ REID IS LOOK­ING TO MAKE FRIENDS

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By An­drew Law­ton LEAGUE TWO

REUBEN REID has not of­ten been men­tioned in the same breath as Luis Figo or Sol Camp­bell, but this week he split opin­ion in Devon when the for­mer Ply­mouth Ar­gyle striker signed for ri­vals Ex­eter City.

The 28-year-old made his se­nior break­through with the Pil­grims more than a decade ago and, af­ter two loan spells with the club fromYeovil Town in re­cent years, made a per­ma­nent switch to Home Park in July 2014.

Reid re­jected a con­tract of­fer and left Ply­mouth in the sum­mer and, in the eyes of some sup­port­ers, com­pleted an act of be­trayal sim­i­lar to Figo’s move from Barcelona to Real Madrid, or Camp­bell from Tot­ten­ham to Arse­nal, when sign­ing for the Gre­cians this week.

Reid knows he will have to win peo­ple round, in­clud­ing his team-mates, but he is ready for the chal­lenge and ex­cited to be work­ing un­der man­ager Paul Tis­dale.

“You have to come in and get re­spect from your new team-mates, im­press them and hope­fully get in the team,” Reid said.

“From there, you let things take care of them­selves by play­ing well, scor­ing goals and get­ting as­sists for your team-mates.

“You try to get three points ev­ery week and then who knows where that can take you at this level.

“I know they are some very good play­ers here, play­ers that know how to get their for­wards in good po­si­tions. Hope­fully, I can be a part of that.

“I have been in talks with a few teams, but I met the man­ager on Sun­day in a nice pub in Bath and he ex­plained what he wanted to do for me.

“I went home feel­ing re­freshed and it left me with a mas­sive smile on my face. I just couldn’t wait to get the deal over the line.”

SWITCH: Reuben Reid

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