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Torquay United: Player Spotlight

Posted by Ben Armitage
Posted on Fri 13 Apr 2018
Posted in First Team

FC Halifax Town will round off what has been a hectic week of fixtures as they prepare to face Torquay United at Plainmoor this weekend.

The Gulls, who currently sit in the Vanarama National League relegation zone, will be Town’s fourth game in eight days, with the Shaymen looking to continue what has been a positive week on the pitch.

Despite being one of the National League’s strugglers this campaign, Torquay have a strong squad at their disposal for the visit of the Shaymen, but there will be one man who poses a main threat to Jamie Fullarton’s men.

Jamie Reid, who joined the Gulls on a permanent basis back in October from local rivals Exeter City, is currently in his fourth spell with the club after being a loanee for most of his playing career so far.

The forward is described by the club website as having “pace and trickery” in his locker and can play either on the wings or through the middle, therefore there will be an element of worry about his game for Fullarton’s side.

Reid joined Exeter’s youth team as a child before turning professional in 2012, in time for the 2012/13 season. However, with Reid not yet experienced in first team football, he was sent out on loan to Dorchester Town of the Conference South.

During his time with Dorchester, Reid managed to score three goals in twelve appearances before returning to his parent club a few months later.

It did not take long for him to make his debut for the Grecians upon return, appearing in a 3-1 defeat to Oxford United at St James’ Park, where he received praise from the fans for his efforts.

Having managed to break into the first team with Exeter, his next loan move did not come until 2015 where Reid began his first spell with Gulls. However, after not featuring regularly at Plainmoor, Reid returned to Exeter before being loaned out once again in September that year.

He joined Cornish side Truro City on a one-month loan deal and managed to make his debut just four days later in a 3-0 win over Havant and Waterlooville. Reid made a name for himself after just eight minutes by chipping the goalkeeper from 20 yards out to open the scoring that day.

It was this sort of performance that earned Reid a month extension on his loan deal with Truro, where he went on to score three goals in five appearances for the White Tigers.

Leaving Truro in November 2015, Reid had to wait until July the next year to be loaned out once again when he re-joined the Gulls on a three-month loan deal. With that extended to last the full 2016/17 season, Reid went on to make over 45 appearances and scored four goals that campaign.

His third loan spell with the club began at the start of the current season, before signing on a permanent basis for Gary Owers’ side which brought an end to his ten year stay with Exeter.

The former Northern Ireland under-21 international has clearly impressed the fans at Plainmoor this season, where he is currently the club’s joint top scorer, on five goals, alongside Luke Young.

If you cannot make it to the game against Torquay, then there will be live match updates and commentary available on the club website.

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