York City striker Jamie Reed set for Kidderminster Harriers switch

JAMIE Reed is set to leave York City for Kidderminster Harriers with the two clubs having agreed a fee for his services.

The striker did not feature in City’s 1-1 draw at Gillingham on Saturday due to illness and could have played his last game for the Bootham Crescent club, with the deal due to be completed before Thursday’s transfer deadline.

Reed would be dropping down a division to aid the Harriers’ promotion push but has admitted to The Press previously that he would be prepared to ply his trade back in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

On Reed’s situation, Mills said: “He is having talks with Kidderminster because they have come in for him and we’ve agreed a fee.

“Reedy wants to go because he doesn’t want to be a substitute but, for me, that’s been his strength and it’s made him popular at this football club.

“If he goes, I will wish him all the best and he will leave having been a major part in helping us get to the point where we are playing teams like Gillingham.

“But you have to move on and make major decisions that might not be popular. We sold Andre Boucaud to one of our rivals in Luton but that worked out right.”

City led high-flying Gillingham through Paddy McLaughlin’s first-half goal, direct from a corner, until the 85th minute when home substitute Cody McDonald headed in an equaliser.

The draw was 15th-placed City’s 13th from 29 npower League Two fixtures this term but only top-two Port Vale and Gillingham, as well as play-off contenders Fleetwood, have lost fewer matches.

And, following their latest point on Saturday, Mills was confident that his team can start turning the draws into wins, saying: “We are disappointed with a draw and know we’ve got to put a run of wins together to help us climb the table but, if we play like that, it will come.

“It was one of our best displays this season for a lot of reasons and, if we can perform like that consistently, we will win two or three games on the bounce. We go out every game to win and showed that at Gillingham.

“We nearly pulled it off but one goal is never enough. No matter how badly the opposition might be playing, there’s always a chance they might get an equaliser.”

The City boss was also delighted by his team’s performance against a club big in stature as well as in height on the pitch.

He added: “I thought my players were fantastic from start to finish and told them that about 15 times afterwards. I had nothing but praise for them because Gillingham is a difficult place to come but we worked hard.

“Twelve months ago, we were nowhere near coming to Gillingham. They are a big club with a big budget but we’ve gone there and been the better side.

“You know you are going to have to defend long throws and balls going into the box early against them but we dealt with that well, as we have done all season. Then, when we had the ball, we passed it how I like.

“We’re not the biggest team in the world but we can stand up for ourselves and won’t be bullied. That’s not a major part of our game, but you have to compete first and then play your game second.”

The visitors almost doubled their lead when captain Chris Smith hit a post just before the hour and, after McDonald’s leveller, Mills also felt his team should have had a penalty late on when Matty Blair appeared to be shoved by Joe Martin in front of goal.

“We were unlucky not to get a penalty when Blairy got shoved but the ref decided not to give it,” Mills lamented.

“I know Michael Ingham pulled off a couple of saves, including a superb one in the first half, but we also had other chances and Smudge hit the post.

“We showed we are a tough side to beat again and showed what we are capable of this season. I thought we were going to hold out but it was not to be.

“Then, in the seven minutes of injury time, we kept going and possibly had the best chance to go on and win the game.”

Mills laughed off any suggestions, however, that McLaughlin’s 17th-minute goal, helped over the line by home ’keeper Stuart Nelson from a right-wing flag kick, had been intentional.

“If he did mean it, that that’s the first time he’s tried to do it but you take whatever comes your way,” the City boss smiled. “He mishit another couple in the second half and the same nearly happened.

“When you mishit a shot then nine times out of ten you score but, if you hit it right, the ’keeper generally saves them.”

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10:08am Mon 28 Jan 13

Tug job says...

Great news all round - a 'win win' situation good luck with your next challenge Jamie.
Great news all round - a 'win win' situation good luck with your next challenge Jamie. Tug job

10:18am Mon 28 Jan 13

tommycockles says...

yep, good luck and thank you Jamie
yep, good luck and thank you Jamie tommycockles

10:21am Mon 28 Jan 13

PhilR@Strike says...

Yes thanks for all your efforts and promotion memories Jamie! Very much appreciated by all York City Fans! Hope to welcome you back at York City some day.
Yes thanks for all your efforts and promotion memories Jamie! Very much appreciated by all York City Fans! Hope to welcome you back at York City some day. PhilR@Strike

10:23am Mon 28 Jan 13

RooBeck says...

Best of luck Jamie, and thanks for the memories! Though it didn't quite work out for you at City, I'm sure all the fans will want you to succeed wherever you go.COYR.
Best of luck Jamie, and thanks for the memories! Though it didn't quite work out for you at City, I'm sure all the fans will want you to succeed wherever you go.COYR. RooBeck

10:53am Mon 28 Jan 13

ian923 says...

All the best Jamie- at least you should get regular football.
All the best Jamie- at least you should get regular football. ian923

11:36am Mon 28 Jan 13

nomadic85 says...

don't believe all you read in the papers
don't believe all you read in the papers nomadic85

11:40am Mon 28 Jan 13

rogue84 says...

yeh good luck Reedy, been a great couple of years since you took to the turf at the reebok stadium. most effective alongside Ranks in the last 5 months of 2010/11, but always proved a good finisher and an ideal threat from the bench when Walker arrived.
two winning goals v luton will certainly be remembered fondly, but one of the most important goals he scored (in my opinion) was last season with 4 minutes to go at home to Bath City. our form was poor, we were short on confidence...and we needed a win desperately. it proved a catalyst to kick-start the promotion season again.

p.s his celebrations at wembley will be remembered for a long time!
yeh good luck Reedy, been a great couple of years since you took to the turf at the reebok stadium. most effective alongside Ranks in the last 5 months of 2010/11, but always proved a good finisher and an ideal threat from the bench when Walker arrived. two winning goals v luton will certainly be remembered fondly, but one of the most important goals he scored (in my opinion) was last season with 4 minutes to go at home to Bath City. our form was poor, we were short on confidence...and we needed a win desperately. it proved a catalyst to kick-start the promotion season again. p.s his celebrations at wembley will be remembered for a long time! rogue84

11:46am Mon 28 Jan 13

billoofyork says...

agree with previous posts. have fond memories of some important goals from reedy and seems a popular player. thanks for all your efforts.
think conference would suit him better than the league though - wish him all the best
agree with previous posts. have fond memories of some important goals from reedy and seems a popular player. thanks for all your efforts. think conference would suit him better than the league though - wish him all the best billoofyork

11:48am Mon 28 Jan 13

Southern Exile says...

Good luck Reedy, best wishes for the future!!
Good luck Reedy, best wishes for the future!! Southern Exile

12:11pm Mon 28 Jan 13

TerryYork says...

All the best Reedy.
All the best Reedy. TerryYork

12:13pm Mon 28 Jan 13

OLD - HEAD says...

If Reedy does go to Kidderminster Harriers, he will be going to a well run club. Steve Burr has worked miracles there. He has had to sell his best players but he always seems to replace them with bargain buys, without weakening the team. Good luck Jamie, and thanks for the memories.
If Reedy does go to Kidderminster Harriers, he will be going to a well run club. Steve Burr has worked miracles there. He has had to sell his best players but he always seems to replace them with bargain buys, without weakening the team. Good luck Jamie, and thanks for the memories. OLD - HEAD

12:19pm Mon 28 Jan 13

duffy says...

Far from a done deal according to the man himself.
Far from a done deal according to the man himself. duffy

12:40pm Mon 28 Jan 13

yorkiemike says...

Good luck Jamie.You are going to a good club,I wish you well.You were always popular at York and I understand you wanting to play regularly,you spent enough time on the bench with us.
Good luck Jamie.You are going to a good club,I wish you well.You were always popular at York and I understand you wanting to play regularly,you spent enough time on the bench with us. yorkiemike

12:59pm Mon 28 Jan 13

lord_love_rocket says...

nomadic85 wrote:
don't believe all you read in the papers
Yes ok we know you're Reed's mate big deal
[quote][p][bold]nomadic85[/bold] wrote: don't believe all you read in the papers[/p][/quote]Yes ok we know you're Reed's mate big deal lord_love_rocket

1:05pm Mon 28 Jan 13

SamYCFC says...

good luck reedy.
good luck reedy. SamYCFC

1:36pm Mon 28 Jan 13

openallhours says...

Good luck and thanks to him for his efforts. For the record, I'd want Reed to stay but hopefully Mills will prove me wrong with the new additions.
Good luck and thanks to him for his efforts. For the record, I'd want Reed to stay but hopefully Mills will prove me wrong with the new additions. openallhours

2:45pm Mon 28 Jan 13

nomadic85 says...

lord_love_rocket wrote:
nomadic85 wrote: don't believe all you read in the papers
Yes ok we know you're Reed's mate big deal
Pardon? I'm not, just reffering to his twitter comments
[quote][p][bold]lord_love_rocket[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nomadic85[/bold] wrote: don't believe all you read in the papers[/p][/quote]Yes ok we know you're Reed's mate big deal[/p][/quote]Pardon? I'm not, just reffering to his twitter comments nomadic85

3:27pm Mon 28 Jan 13

paddymacwakey says...

good luck jamie,wherever you go.as one of the posters said on here,i still believe the turning point last season,was when he came on against bath and grabbed the winner.i cannot understand why mills didnt throw another striker on at gillingham,when they were there for the taking.i hope ben neverson isnt going to be left bench warming like reed.also olly the crock johnson sat there for 90 minutes.i have said for a long while we have been lacking goals,especially at home.now we have signed mcdaid as well,lets unleash him on saturday against morecambe.
good luck jamie,wherever you go.as one of the posters said on here,i still believe the turning point last season,was when he came on against bath and grabbed the winner.i cannot understand why mills didnt throw another striker on at gillingham,when they were there for the taking.i hope ben neverson isnt going to be left bench warming like reed.also olly the crock johnson sat there for 90 minutes.i have said for a long while we have been lacking goals,especially at home.now we have signed mcdaid as well,lets unleash him on saturday against morecambe. paddymacwakey

6:07pm Mon 28 Jan 13

bartsimmo says...

Sorry to see you go Reedy! I hope you prove Mills wrong and get a big money move from Kidderminster after playing regular in a 442 scoring shed loads. I just hope there is a sell on clause in that deal! But please try not to score too many against us when you help Kiddy go up next season!
Sorry to see you go Reedy! I hope you prove Mills wrong and get a big money move from Kidderminster after playing regular in a 442 scoring shed loads. I just hope there is a sell on clause in that deal! But please try not to score too many against us when you help Kiddy go up next season! bartsimmo

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