PNE new boy is exciting

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Simon Grayson believes the pace of Kyel Reid will be an exciting addition to the Preston North End squad once the winger is fully fit.

The PNE manager had no hesitation in swooping for Reid last month despite him having not played since January after suffering a torn cruciate ligament.

Grayson will not be rushing the former Bradford speedster back into action.

But when Reid does pull on the boots again, his new boss is tipping him to play a vital role in the North End squad.

Pace was something which Grayson wanted to inject into the side this summer, and Reid, 26, has bags of it.

Grayson told the Evening Post: “I don’t want to put a time figure on when Kyel will be back because it was a major injury he had.

“People returning from an ACL these days are coming back as good as they were before they got the injury.

“At the moment Kyel is working hard with the physio, the medical department and the fitness coach.

“The lad is here for the long term – he is signed-up for the next two years, not just for two weeks.

“When the time is right to put him back into training and the games, then we will do that.

Signing Kyel was a deal which some people might have been surprised about.

“But we did our research, did all the background work into making sure everything was going to fine.

“With every player you sign, there is no guarantee they are going to be injury-free all season.

“We felt that Kyel would improve our squad and anyone who saw him play at our place last year will have seen what he is capable of doing.

“I have worked with him before, and so did Glynn Snodin at West Ham.

“Kyel was desperate to come here and hopefully we will all see soon what he can do.

“He has plenty about him, is good on the ball and has an eye for goal too. Like a lot of players he knows that he has things to improve on.

“If players are willing to do that, then they will be given the opportunity to improve.”

The signing of Reid further increases the options in wide areas available to Grayson.

Chris Humphrey, Paul Gallagher and Lee Holmes all played on the wings last term.

Will Hayhurst is also back from a loan spell at York to add to the competition.

Said Grayson: “Kyel will give us pace, someone who can really run with the ball down that left hand side.

“On the other side we have got Chris Humphrey who has plenty of pace too.

“Gally, Lee Holmes and Will Hayhurst are different kinds of wide player, so there are lots of options for me.

“All of them will be looking to impress during pre-season in order to get the shirt for the first game of the season.”

Meanwhile, North End are offering free coach travel to ambassadors for the friendly games at Halifax (July 23) and Morecambe (July 25).

For non-ambassadors, the cost of travel is £10 adults and £8 concessions. PNE’s first friendly is against Chorley at Victory Park on Tuesday night (7pm).