York City striker Jamie Reed seeking to play full 90-minutes

Jamie Reed is desperate to be a 90-minute man

Jamie Reed is desperate to be a 90-minute man

First published in Sport York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

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.”

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12:46pm Tue 15 Jan 13

redwhiteblue says...

Tug Job wrote - Can you remind me who scored the equaliser, bartsimmo? People on here fail to understand that Reedy and JW play different roles. The big problem with Reedy (who, let us not forget, was originally signed to partner Rankine) is that he is simply unable to hold the ball up to bring our attacking midfielders into play, which is the style the team plays and which has brought us considerable success. JW is much, much better at doing this. Last season and this, the goals have been shared fairly evenly around the front and midfield players, rather than us relying on a single player. The idea behind this style is to give us more fluidity and create more goal-scoring opportunities - this is where the injuries to Coulson, Chambers and Johnson have hampered things.

Agree - I have watched all the games in which Reed has started - he is totally different type of player to Walker - the style of play that got us back into the league and the performances this year have been reliant on a front player who can hold up the ball long enough to bring into play our midfields or wide men. Reed's first touch is always poor, and when looks resigned to losing it - put the ball beyond the defence and his effort to latch onto is always appears to lack effort and commitment. Walker may not score as many as he should but he's a fully committed team player, helping to produce goals for others. Watching Harrad on Saturday for Cheltenham - he would be an excellent player for us - fully committed. I'm sorry but Reed is not yet ready to star as a league player second time round.
Tug Job wrote - Can you remind me who scored the equaliser, bartsimmo? People on here fail to understand that Reedy and JW play different roles. The big problem with Reedy (who, let us not forget, was originally signed to partner Rankine) is that he is simply unable to hold the ball up to bring our attacking midfielders into play, which is the style the team plays and which has brought us considerable success. JW is much, much better at doing this. Last season and this, the goals have been shared fairly evenly around the front and midfield players, rather than us relying on a single player. The idea behind this style is to give us more fluidity and create more goal-scoring opportunities - this is where the injuries to Coulson, Chambers and Johnson have hampered things. Agree - I have watched all the games in which Reed has started - he is totally different type of player to Walker - the style of play that got us back into the league and the performances this year have been reliant on a front player who can hold up the ball long enough to bring into play our midfields or wide men. Reed's first touch is always poor, and when looks resigned to losing it - put the ball beyond the defence and his effort to latch onto is always appears to lack effort and commitment. Walker may not score as many as he should but he's a fully committed team player, helping to produce goals for others. Watching Harrad on Saturday for Cheltenham - he would be an excellent player for us - fully committed. I'm sorry but Reed is not yet ready to star as a league player second time round. redwhiteblue
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1:04pm Tue 15 Jan 13

TerryYork says...

Very popular player and he has universal support from the City support, both for the hope of an increased role or a move to help his career.

I personally think he should sit tight, because his chance should come again - be it through the form of another player or an injury, or even a change in formation...but I have a lot of respect for him being committed while here and still being motivated in playing games, as opposed to a player who's happy not to play and take a wage out of the club.

One thing is for sure, he's not going to be a player who's going to be booed if he returns with another club. He'll get a big welcome back.
Very popular player and he has universal support from the City support, both for the hope of an increased role or a move to help his career. I personally think he should sit tight, because his chance should come again - be it through the form of another player or an injury, or even a change in formation...but I have a lot of respect for him being committed while here and still being motivated in playing games, as opposed to a player who's happy not to play and take a wage out of the club. One thing is for sure, he's not going to be a player who's going to be booed if he returns with another club. He'll get a big welcome back. TerryYork
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1:09pm Tue 15 Jan 13

lord_love_rocket says...

redwhiteblue wrote:
Tug Job wrote - Can you remind me who scored the equaliser, bartsimmo? People on here fail to understand that Reedy and JW play different roles. The big problem with Reedy (who, let us not forget, was originally signed to partner Rankine) is that he is simply unable to hold the ball up to bring our attacking midfielders into play, which is the style the team plays and which has brought us considerable success. JW is much, much better at doing this. Last season and this, the goals have been shared fairly evenly around the front and midfield players, rather than us relying on a single player. The idea behind this style is to give us more fluidity and create more goal-scoring opportunities - this is where the injuries to Coulson, Chambers and Johnson have hampered things.

Agree - I have watched all the games in which Reed has started - he is totally different type of player to Walker - the style of play that got us back into the league and the performances this year have been reliant on a front player who can hold up the ball long enough to bring into play our midfields or wide men. Reed's first touch is always poor, and when looks resigned to losing it - put the ball beyond the defence and his effort to latch onto is always appears to lack effort and commitment. Walker may not score as many as he should but he's a fully committed team player, helping to produce goals for others. Watching Harrad on Saturday for Cheltenham - he would be an excellent player for us - fully committed. I'm sorry but Reed is not yet ready to star as a league player second time round.
Summed up perfectly there redwhiteblue, couldn't have out it better, don't rate him as I've said numerous times but seems a lovely lad and wish him all the very best of luck in the future and also a speedy departure
[quote][p][bold]redwhiteblue[/bold] wrote: Tug Job wrote - Can you remind me who scored the equaliser, bartsimmo? People on here fail to understand that Reedy and JW play different roles. The big problem with Reedy (who, let us not forget, was originally signed to partner Rankine) is that he is simply unable to hold the ball up to bring our attacking midfielders into play, which is the style the team plays and which has brought us considerable success. JW is much, much better at doing this. Last season and this, the goals have been shared fairly evenly around the front and midfield players, rather than us relying on a single player. The idea behind this style is to give us more fluidity and create more goal-scoring opportunities - this is where the injuries to Coulson, Chambers and Johnson have hampered things. Agree - I have watched all the games in which Reed has started - he is totally different type of player to Walker - the style of play that got us back into the league and the performances this year have been reliant on a front player who can hold up the ball long enough to bring into play our midfields or wide men. Reed's first touch is always poor, and when looks resigned to losing it - put the ball beyond the defence and his effort to latch onto is always appears to lack effort and commitment. Walker may not score as many as he should but he's a fully committed team player, helping to produce goals for others. Watching Harrad on Saturday for Cheltenham - he would be an excellent player for us - fully committed. I'm sorry but Reed is not yet ready to star as a league player second time round.[/p][/quote]Summed up perfectly there redwhiteblue, couldn't have out it better, don't rate him as I've said numerous times but seems a lovely lad and wish him all the very best of luck in the future and also a speedy departure lord_love_rocket
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1:38pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Robert Davro says...

Good interview from the lad. Fair play to him. He seems a good fella, will be a shame to see him go but that's football.
Good interview from the lad. Fair play to him. He seems a good fella, will be a shame to see him go but that's football. Robert Davro
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3:19pm Tue 15 Jan 13

tommycockles says...

York City FC ‏@yorkcityfc

York City have today signed striker Ben Everson, subject to international clearance.
York City FC ‏@yorkcityfc York City have today signed striker Ben Everson, subject to international clearance. tommycockles
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5:17pm Tue 15 Jan 13

bartsimmo says...

exactly red white blue, Walker can hold the ball up for a potent striker in the box and you wont need the midfield players being so relied upon. Especially with the lack of wide men and hence the midfielders can help fill out the middle a bit more which on numerous occasions on Saturday the Cheltenham backs and middle waltzed through far too easily over large distances. The press marks were a joke too!
exactly red white blue, Walker can hold the ball up for a potent striker in the box and you wont need the midfield players being so relied upon. Especially with the lack of wide men and hence the midfielders can help fill out the middle a bit more which on numerous occasions on Saturday the Cheltenham backs and middle waltzed through far too easily over large distances. The press marks were a joke too! bartsimmo
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