York City: Jamie Reed interview

Forty-one goals in 51 games and leaving for a record transfer fee, Jamie Reed was clearly a big fish in a relatively small pond at Bangor City – and at previous club Rhyl.

Now the forward is tackling the unchartered waters of Blue Square Premier but it is a rise to League One no less and even international aspirations that is on the young forward's mind.

Life is gathering pace fast for Reed – signed by Minstermen boss Gary Mills for an undisclosed fee which was certainly a new record for Bangor.

And with his goal ratio, the 23-year-old, who began his career at Wrexham and who left Bangor as the Welsh Premier League's top scorer, could prove a key sighing.

Reed is already finding life more of a task with the Minstermen – the 6ft striker is not even guaranteed a starting place with the likes of Leon Constantine and Michael Rankine in competition and off the field there's the upheaval of the player moving from his parents' house in Chester to a new pad in York with his partner.

The target man admits he is entering a whole new world on and off the field but is already thriving with the Minstermen with big aspirations for the future.

"I'm loving it," Reed told Yorkshire Sport about his first two weeks at York.

"Everyone has been really nice and I've settled in nicely.

"It's been tough having to move away from home but it's been good.

"Now I'm just hoping that I can play at the highest level I can.

"It would be nice if we could get into the play-offs and get into the Football League this year. That's my aim, to get in the Football League and play as high as I possibly can.

"It would also be nice to get a cap for Wales and if I can play in League One or something I might have a good chance."

First and foremost, the Minstermen must navigate their way onwards and upwards out of Blue Square Premier – itself an arduous task with City thumped 5-0 at Luton Town in midweek.

However, Reed is in no doubt that the Minstermen are capable of securing a play-off spot and is putting the Kenilworth Road loss down as something of a freak result.

"We've got a very good squad and quite a big squad as well but they are all good players," said Reed.

"There's no reason why we can't get into the play-offs.

"Tuesday night was just one of those things and when your keeper gets sent off that early it happens."

Reed also has maximum confidence in Minstermen boss Mills who the front man has already played under during a loan spell at Tamworth.

York's recent recruit makes no secret of the fact that Mills' presence was a key factor in him coming to Bootham Crescent.

"The relationship is good and that's one of the main reasons why I came," said Reed, who made seven league appearances for Wrexham between 2005 and 2007.

"Gary Mills is a manager who knows what he wants from his team. We've got a good relationship."

Next on the agenda for Reed and City is next Saturday's trip to Southport – not a million miles away from where Reed has arrived from.

Now, though, the striker is swapping the walls of Chester for the walls of York admitting he had no choice but to make a permanent house move but delighted with the similarities between the two cities.

"I was still living with my parents in Chester and it was only 45 minutes away so I was playing locally," he said. "Now it's a big step and me and my partner are moving out here but it's something you've got to do to grow up both as a person and as a player.

"I've just found a place and Chester and York are not too dissimilar.

"It's a big step but that makes it better."

A big step indeed, but if Reed ever needs confidence he need only look at his record for Bangor!

"It's a reasonably good level and I was scoring a lot of goals so I was enjoying myself but it was time to make that next step and push on with my career," he said.

"I left for a record transfer fee so I can't really complain about that!"

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