Reid hoping for prolific Harriers career

Gary Whild has made Craig Reid his first summer signing.

Gary Whild has made Craig Reid his first summer signing.

First published in News

STRIKER Craig Reid aims find his scoring touch after signing for Kidderminster Harriers on a two-year deal.

The 28-year-old joined as a free agent after leaving Stevenage.

He joins the club with an impressive goal-scoring record in non-league football.

The former Coventry City youngster made his name as a predatory hitman for Newport County, scoring 62 goals in 106 games.

That strike rate saw him earned a move to Stevenage for a record fee of £90,000.

He made a fine start with nine goals helping the Herfordshire club win promoted to Football League One.

Last summer he moved to Southend United but after limited first-team opportunities under Phil Brown, he returned to Stevenage in a bid to help them avoid the drop in League One.

"I did speak to a couple of other managers but I just didn't get the feeling that I got here," said Reid.

"It is a lure to come to a club that has ambitions of getting into the league and I want to be part of that.

"I want to be playing week-in, week-out and scoring goals again, being up at the top end of the league rather than at the bottom."

Reid is manager Gary Whild's first new signing of the summer, with Harriers now boasting 13 players.

The Harriers boss has just returned from short break and has a number of issues to sort out, such as sorting out his back room staff.

He is also awaiting replies from a host of players he offered contracts.

Meanwhile, the Football Conference has revealed it wasn't consulted by the FA over their controversial plans to introduce Premier League B teams.

A special commission revealed a proposal last Thursday saying it wished to create a fifth tier of English football made up of ten teams from the Conference Premier and ten top flight sides.

The B teams would have squads of 25, 19 of which must be under the age of 21. At least 20 of the 25 teams should qualify under the FA’s Home Grown player rules.

The commission was made up of FA chairman Greg Dyke, England manager Roy Hodgson, former national bosses Glenn Hoddle and Howard Wilkinson, plus ex-England internationals Rio Ferdinand and Danny Mills.

Any other top flight outfit that did not make the new set-up would also be able to introduce their B sides into the Conference Premier.

A statement from the Conference said: "The commission contains in some detail proposals deeply affecting the Football Conference, neither its chairman nor any other members of the board of that particular competition were in any way consulted nor were their views sought directly or indirectly."

Meanwhile, defender Mickey Demetriou has been called up to the England C squad facing Slovakia on Saturday, May 24.

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