Weston-super-Mare AFC are delighted to announce that experienced Football League striker Reuben Reid has agreed terms with the club for the forthcoming 2022-2023 season.
Reid has an extensive CV that takes in some of the south-west’s best league clubs, including four spells with Plymouth Argyle and spending recent years with Exeter City, Forest Green Rovers, Cheltenham Town and Yeovil Town.
The 33-year-old recently departed Yeovil after being a big part of their squad across the past two seasons.
Having come through the Plymouth academy system at the same time as player-assistant manager Scott Laird, Reid’s EFL career has seen him play 434 games in England’s professional leagues and net 118 goals across League One and League Two alone.
The striker has also been involved in four League Two playoff campaigns, and was even named in the 2014-2015 League Two PFA Team of the Year.
On securing Reid’s signature, Manager Scott Bartlett said:
Reuben is a fantastic player and has been a proven striker throughout his career in the football league. This is a real coup for us.
“He is a personality, a very good character, he’s a winner and will add so much experience and quality to an already great changing room.
“It’s a real compliment to our club because he had some fantastic offers to stay full time or go into a hybrid system that some clubs are adopting now but he committed to us and we are looking forward to working with him.”
Approaching the biggest crossroads in my life certainly from a career perspective of the last 18 years, everything about this decision and opportunity has just felt ‘right’.
“I’m grateful and humbled by the manager’s pursuit, approach and eventual opportunity he has given me for myself and family.
“At this stage in my career, I want to be a part of something exciting and progressive. After speaking to and confiding with a solid friend of mine in Scott Laird, I realised that this is exactly what I need.
The quick and powerful frontman began his career with Plymouth after trials with Manchester United and Plymouth Argyle, making his professional debut on the final day of the 2006-2007 campaign.
After sporadic appearances in Plymouth’s matchday squad, he spent periods out on loan with Kidderminster Harriers, Rochdale, Torquay United, Wycombe Wanderers and Brentford being leaving Plymouth in 2008.
He linked up with Rotherham United and scored 19 goals in the 2008-2009 season across all competitions, attracting the interest of West Bromwich Albion. He made four appearances in the Championship before spending a year out on loan with Peterborough United and Walsall.
In January 2011, his 18 months on West Brom’s books came to an end when he signed for Oldham Athletic. Eight goals in 41 games were to follow before the striker returned to the south-west when linking up with Yeovil Town for the first time in 2012 under Gary Johnson, but after failing to hold down a regular first-team spot, he returned to Plymouth on loan six months later.
Spending the next 18 months on loan with the Pilgrims, which included a 21-goal haul in 2013-2014, he made the move permanent in 2014 and scored another 20 goals in 2014-2015.
After spending two years as a permanent Plymouth player, he joined their Devon rivals Exeter in 2016 and scored 22 goals in 18 months before moving to the north of Bristol with Forest Green in the winter of 2018. Reid played a big part in helping FGR steer clear of the League Two drop during his first few months with six goals in 21 games, before seven goals followed in 2018-2019.
When moving to Cheltenham in 2019, Reid found the net nine times in 32 games and with appearances sporadic, he returned to Yeovil in January 2021. The striker went on to score six goals for the Glovers in 55 games over 18 months at Huish Park, before leaving them at the expiry of his contract this summer.
We are delighted that Reuben has agreed to sign for the Seagulls and wish him all the best going forward in a Weston shirt.