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Kyel Reid Targets More Playing Time Following Return From Injury

5 September 2014

Preston North End winger Kyel Reid is targeting more playing time in the near future after making his comeback from injury to feature for the Club against Shrewsbury Town.

The former Bradford City man, who joined the Lilywhites during the summer, came on as a 72nd minute substitute during the 1-0 victory over Micky Mellon’s side at Deepdale in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

The 26-year-old had been out of action for around eight months after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament with the Bantams in January.

Speaking exclusively to PNE.Com, Reid was delighted to have made his first appearance for Preston, saying: “It felt great to make my debut, it’s a shame it wasn’t a bit longer.

“It was just good to get back out there, be among the boys and get back to playing again, back doing what I’m used to.

“It’s a great feeling, I’m chuffed and I’ve come through it with no reactions to it [the injury] at all so I’m pleased and I’ve just got to look forward to the next game and work hard in training.

“Then if I get the shout for the next game or I’m involved, I’ll be happy with that.”

He added: “Hopefully I’m ready now, I’m not far off completing 90 minutes I don’t think.

“I did think they wanted to start me today but in all fairness to Jacko he has obviously worked a long time with me and probably just thought it was too soon.”

Upon signing for North End three months ago, Reid was put straight to work by Club physio Matt Jackson in an attempt to get back to full fitness as soon as possible.

And the former England youth international has paid tribute to Preston’s medical, managerial and playing staff for their support since his arrival.

“They have been tremendous; from the first day I have been here Jacko has looked after me really well,” he said.

“I have got no complaints about how things have gone for me and he is a good physio, he knows what he is doing so I’ve just got to take on board what he is saying and just keep working hard.

“In all fairness to the gaffer and Snods for getting me back into training earlier, with the boys non-contact, just getting used to the feeling of the ball again which was good.

“I’m pleased, more-than happy how things have gone and the boys have been so good to me, even today [Tuesday] they all said ‘well done’ so it’s a great feeling and great to know the boys appreciate what I can do.”

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