‘TRAITOR’ REID IS LOOKING TO MAKE FRIENDS
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