Welsh Premier great Jamie Reed joins Prestatyn Town

Reed all about it – Prestatyn Town have made a fantastic new signing.

Former Wrexham and York City striker Jamie Reed, who won the Welsh Premier League title with Bangor City and Rhyl FC, is an exciting new arrival at Bastion Gardens.

The 33-year-old, who netted 102 goals in the WPL before leaving Aberystwyth Town at the end of the 2020-21 campaign, is part of Prestatyn manager Ben Heath’s plans to build a special new era for the Cymru North club.

Heath said: “He’s been there, done it and still has the ability and hunger to make sure we are competitive this season coming.

“He will be great for us on and off the field helping the youth and making sure everyone pulls their weight also on the field.

“Game management on the field from players is a powerful attribute to have which Reedy will give us.”

Heath added: “The rebuild begins – a team mixed with youth and experience is what I want.”

Chester-born Reed is one of the most gifted front men the Welsh Premier has seen.

In 2008-09, he scored 13 goals for champions Rhyl and in 2010-11, he ended up top marksman for title-winners Bangor City even though he left the club in January to join York City.

Reed had already bagged 17 league goals for the Citizens having pocketed 24 the previous season.

Having started the 2020-21 campaign at Cefn Druids, Reed returned Aber for a third spell, having first joined in 2007 under Brian Coyne and again in 2015 when Ian Hughes was in charge.

The skilful front man began his career at Wrexham, where he spent three seasons, making a total of seven League Two appearances.

During his time at the Racecourse, he also had loan spells at Northern Ireland club Glentoran and Colwyn Bay of the Northern Premier League.

Joining Aber on loan at age 20, Jamie made an immediate and unforgettable impression on his home debut, grabbing a hat-trick against TNS in a 5-1 win at Park Avenue, on his way to finding the net 9 times in 20 appearances.

A loan stint at Conference North Tamworth followed before that championship-winning season at Rhyl as part of a star-studded, expensively assembled squad.

Then came a season-and-a-half at Bangor, where he first won the Welsh Cup in 2009-10, scoring in a 3-2 victory over Port Talbot in the final, before adding a championship medal the following term.

Reed joined Australian Victorian Premier League side Dandenong Thunder in May on loan for the duration of the summer break in the Welsh Premier, scoring five goals in seven appearances before returning to Bangor in August.

Although his subsequent goals played a major role in City’s 2010-11 title win, the lure of a move to York City in the January window proved too much.

He signed for the Minstermen on 6 January 2011 for an undisclosed fee, but a record transfer sum received by Bangor, on a two-and-half-year contract.

Reed made his debut as an 85th-minute substitute in a 2–0 defeat away to Premier League club Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup third round on 8 January 2011.

He finished 2010-11 with 9 goals in 24 appearances for York.

Reed entered the 2012 FA Trophy Final as a 90th-minute substitute, with York beating Newport County 2–0 at Wembley Stadium.

Eight days later he was a 78th minute sub in the 2-1 win over Luton in the 2012 Conference Premier play-off Final at Wembley, a result that meant the club returned to the Football League after an eight-year absence with promotion to League Two.

He made 16 league appearances for York in 2012-13, but was also loaned out to Conference Premier side Cambridge United. Reed was released by York on 30 April 2013.

Reed signed for his hometown club, newly-promoted Conference Premier side Chester, on a one-year contract on 4 July 2013, netting twice in 22 league outings.

He signed for South Melbourne of the National Premier Leagues Victoria in Australia on 12 March 2014 and pocketed an impressive 12 goals in 25 games.

Since leaving Chester, Reed’s career has comprised mainly short spells at a number of clubs.

He joined The New Saints in 2014-15, scoring four goals in nine matches, then in 2015-16 went out on loan to Aberystwyth again, registering seven goals in 17 games.

Two stints at Llandudno, a return to Bangor City and then a good stay at Newtown which produced 10 goals in 24 appearances preceded moves to Ashton United and Northwich Victoria in the English pyramid.

Then it was Cefn Druids – his seventh Welsh Premier club – where he chalked up more useful goals before moving to Aberystwyth.

Prestatyn Town will be the 19th club of his career.

As well as playing for the first team, Reed will also take over as Under-19’s manager.

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