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Reed relishes his role in York City silverware bid
YORK City striker Jamie Reed has insisted he does not mind being labelled the team’s “super-sub” if the club carries on picking up silverware.
Exactly half of Reed’s 42 outings for the Minstermen in 2011/12 came off the bench with the forward contributing 12 goals in the process.
He also had to settle for cameo roles in the club’s two appearances at Wembley with a 90th-minute run out against Newport in the triumphant FA Trophy final followed by his 78th-minute introduction during the successful Blue Square Bet Premier promotion decider against Luton.
But Reed will forever savour his brief forays on to the hallowed turf and, on his frequent substitute role, added: “I am just doing my job at the end of the day.
“As long as the team are pushing on and winning trophies as we have done then, whether I start, or am on the bench or come on and do my bit, it’s all good. It was amazing to get on the pitch twice at Wembley.
“It’s what every boy dreams about. We all worked hard together to get to that stage so to finish the season like that was brilliant.”
Just as memorable for Reed were the scenes that greeted City’s players, management staff and board members during last Monday’s open-top bus parade, with thousands of supporters lining the streets to show their appreciation and offer congratulations.
The 24-year-old forward said: “I’ve not really experienced anything like that. I got close to it with Bangor when we won the league and the Welsh Cup.
“There was a little parade and fans came along but not as many as we had here. It was amazing. It surprised me when we started to come around the corner and saw everybody packing out St Helen’s Square. It was pretty special.”
Reed, who is contracted at Bootham Crescent until next summer, will now become a Football League player again, having made seven appearances at that level – familiarly all as a sub – during his teenage years with Wrexham.
In between, there have been loan spells with Glentoran, Colwyn Bay, Aberystwyth, Tamworth, Rhyl, Bangor and Australian outfit Dandenong Thunder. But the Chester-born ex-Wales semi-pro international is now pleased a very long and globe-trotting journey has come full circle.
He said: “We can definitely do well at that level. I had a little taste of it at the start of my career but I have had to take two steps backwards to take a step forward. Hopefully, I can keep pushing forward now.”