Stranger things have happened in the Welsh Premier League but the return of Jamie Reed to Bangor City looks all but confirmed after he scored twice for the side in a pre-season friendly at the weekend.
The well-travelled striker departed Llandundo last week after just six months at Maesdu Park and confirmation of his signing would fill a gaping hole in the City squad for Nev Powell, who has struggled to find a solid replacement for Les Davies since his departure to Connah’s Quay a year ago.
At present Rio Ahmadi and academy product Sean Cavanagh are the only recognised strikers on Bangor’s books as Powell has struggled to solve his centre-forward headache. The mid-season signing of powerhouse forward Steve Lewis gave the Citizens a major shot in the arm as the side sprung into life in the second-half of the season. Until that point, Bangor had struggled up-top with a thin squad limited on attacking options and Ahmadi’s lack of physical presence saw him struggle to fit in in his debut season in the WPL. After establishing himself as Powell’s first-choice option, Steve Lewis cast a dent into Powell’s pre-season plans earlier this month after failing to agree terms on a new contract and it’s of no surprise to see Bangor scramble to bring Jamie Reed back to the club.
Bangor certainly need a figurehead in attack and Reed was a huge success in his previous spell at the club, seven years ago, scoring 41 goals in just one and half seasons – an outstanding run of form which earned him a move to Conference outfit York City.
Whether Reed is able to rediscover anything close to that sort of form remains to be seen. He returned to the WPL in the 2014/15 season with TNS but was unable to hold down a regular place with stiff competition from Michael Wilde and Greg Draper. A loan move to Aberystwyth did give him more first-team football and Reed would hit six goals in 17 WPL appearances for the Seasiders before joining Llandudno last January, where he made 5 (3) WPL appearances, scoring three goals. After losing his place in the Llandudno side towards the end of last season, the summer signing of former-Rhyl striker John Owen cast doubt on Reed’s future.
Providing his move to Bangor gets rubber-stamped, he’ll get plenty of first-team football with the Citizens and even if he isn’t as lethal in front of goal as he was in his previous spell, he will still certainly grab his fair of goals. Should the move not go through however, it would be considered a major disappointment for the club and its supporters. A takeover this summer has provided the club with much-needed investment and Nev Powell has been able to make some encouraging signings with the likes of Gary Roberts, Tom Field, Ryan Wade and Lee Owen adding quality to their midfield and defence, but if Bangor City are still ruing the departure of Les Davies once the league starts in three weeks’ time, the off-season will have been a missed opportunity.
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