PNE new boy Reid is a gamble worth taking

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Preston North End new boy Kyel Reid is expected to be fighting fit for the start of the new League One season.

North End have taken a slight gamble in swooping for the Bradford City winger, who is currently recovering from a serious knee ligament injury sustained last season.

It was in January when Reid’s campaign was ended when he ruptured his anterior cruciate knee ligament in a league encounter against Sheffield United.

However, the nature of the 26-year-old’s injury has not deterred PNE manager Simon Grayson, who was keen to make him his fifth new igning of the summer following the captures of Jamie Jones, Calum Woods, Jordan Hugill and Andy Little.

Reid underwent a rigorous two-day medical at Deepdale and officials at the club were pleased with the findings of their investigation.

The injury is healing well and although he is unlikely to feature in the early pre-season games, North End fully expect him to be close to full fitness by the time Notts County arrive at Deepdale on August 9 for the start of the new season.

A PNE spokesman said: “He will be back to full fitness in August – if not by the first game then definitely the second one.

“Whether he will be match fit that is up to the manager to decide – he might need a few more weeks to get match fit before he returns.

“It’s always a gamble – any signing is a gamble. You don’t know what might happen – you can sign a player and they could go and break their leg in the first game of pre-season.

“But he’s undergone a rigorous medical and we are happy with what we have seen.”

Reid is convinced he will come back stronger after the injury and his switch to North End is justification for the hard work he has put in during his rehabilitation.

He said: “The injury came at a bad time for me, because things were going well for me in my football career but its part and parcel of being a footballer. These things come – it’s just how you come back from it.

“I’ve just been working hard keeping my head down to be come back stronger and I just know that it was only a matter of time before something good would actually come up and it has.”

Although sad to be leaving Valley Parade, Reid is excited at what the future holds at his new club.

He said: “Obviously I’ve been at Bradford a long time, I’ve got some good memories of great times I have had there.

“I would just like to thank everyone at Bradford, the club, the manager, the staff and everyone that looked after me and made me welcome for the three seasons that I was there.

“But now I just want to get fit and focus on doing my bit for Preston.”

Grayson – who worked with Reid during his stint as manager of Blackpool – said: “He has been a big player for Bradford in the past couple of seasons and we are looking forward to working with 
him.”