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York City striker Jamie Reed seeking to play full 90-minutes
JAMIE REED wants to be somebody’s “superstar” instead of York City’s super-sub.
The 25-year-old forward, who has handed in a transfer request at Bootham Crescent, is the most prolific replacement in the Minstermen’s history with 11 of his 25 goals for the club coming off the bench.
That figure puts him four ahead of Richard Brodie, who netted seven times as a City substitute, but Reed is now keen to set scoring records in a side’s starting XI.
Of Reed’s 82 outings for City since his arrival from Bangor City in January 2011, only 36 have been from the start.
His latest 20-minute blast from the bench came at Cheltenham, where he helped the visitors recover from a goal down to earn a point thanks to Jason Walker’s 84th-minute equaliser.
Reed was pleased to contribute but has also outlined his reasons for wanting to seek pastures new to The Press, saying: “I want to be the superstar now rather than the super-sub.
“That title is definitely something I want to look at getting rid of and I want to contribute more in a team where I can play a full 90 minutes and get the goals to go with that. I went to see the manager because I want to play more games.
“That’s been a bit short here and I’ve just not had many chances. I’m 25 now and don’t want to be sitting on the bench because the next couple of years are meant to be the prime time in a footballer’s career.”
Centre-forward Reed feels the reasons for his restricted opportunities at Bootham Crescent could be related to manager Gary Mills’ preference for a 4-3-3 formation and the form of £60,000 signing Jason Walker, adding: “It might be down to the formation or personnel because Jason has done well in that central position so I can’t really argue with that.
“That’s the position I want to play but, even when sometimes I have played on the right, I’ve enjoyed that as well. Hopefully, though, I can go somewhere and get more action.”
The news that Reed wanted to move on has seen the popular player flooded with messages of support from fans and he admitted that he has been touched with the response, saying: “I’ve had messages from all sorts of different places and it makes you a bit emotional because I’ve had two good years with the club.
“There have been a lot of ups and not many downs. I’ve loved every minute of it. It’s just the time I need to push on in my career.”
With Blue Square Bet Premier trio Grimsby, Wrexham and Stockport all rumoured to be interested in his services, Reed also revealed he would be prepared to drop down a level to resurrect his career.
“I’ve done it before,” Reed reasoned. “When I was a kid, I went from Wrexham down to the Welsh League and it got me my move here.
“Sometimes you have to take a step back to take a step, or a couple of steps, forward.
“Obviously, I would like to stay in the League if that was possible but, at this stage, I am waiting to see what happens.
“There’s been no interest I know of and I am still a York City player so I’m here to do a job and to do well.”
Answering any doubters concerning his commitment to the club following the transfer request, Reed added: “I think people can see from the way I performed on Saturday when I came on that I put myself about and got myself in positions to help the team.
“I maybe dragged a couple of defenders away to give Jason the space in the area to score his goal.
“There are definitely no issues for me in terms of my commitment to the cause while I’m here and I will always do my best.
“I’ve always said that since day one and I think I’ve always done that.”
Reed echoed Mills’ sentiments, stating that there has been no falling out between manager and player and also understands that the club would want a fee for his services if he leaves before the transfer window closes at the end of this month.
“That’s fair enough and it’s not up to me,” Reed pointed out. “I’ve said my piece and the gaffer has said his.
“We’ve shaken hands and that’s it. There’s definitely never been a problem between us.
“Things have just not worked out and it’s one of those unfortunate things.”