After making a sensational return to Bury Town, Sam Reed has admitted he did not know if he would ever return to the place he still called home.
But now he is back at Ram Meadow the fans’ favourite is hoping he can help to start to re-create the upward success he engineered in his previous six-and-a-half year spell at the Blues.
“Bury will always have a place in my heart. It is something I didn’t think would ever happen and certainly didn’t expect it to happen so soon anyway,” said the 27-year-old striker who has agreed a dual registration deal with Biggleswade Town to play in Bury’s final five games after ending an injury-plagued campaign at the higher-league club.
“I spent six-and-a-half years there and they were the best times of my career, so it’s nice to be back.”
Reed won four trophies with the Blues between 2007 and 2013, including the 2010 Zamaretto Midland League title and the 2011 Suffolk Premier Cup victory over Needham Market, where he scored both goals in a 2-0 win at Portman Road.
And with their relegation from the Ryman League Premier Division confirmed, following a 2-0 home defeat to Grays Athletic Saturday, Reed returns to a very different dressing room but determined to start to bring the good times back.
He said: “Obviously the club’s not where it was or where it should be considering its size, but I hope I can help out and put something into the club to help them bounce back.”
An operation to repair knee damage caused further complications and means Reed, whose brother Lee remains at the Befordshire club, has not played since September, but he claimed not being paid since Boxing Day led to him leaving on a sour note.
“Things didn’t end the best at Biggleswade so I had to leave there, and I had a few offers, more money thrown at me than what Bury offered me but as soon as Bury came in for me, they were the only option really.”
The former Cambridge City frontman has warned fans he is no-where near matchfit ahead of his expected return in tomorrow’s home game with second-from-bottom Kent side VCD Athletic, though he will not get a reunion with his former Bury manager Richard Wilkins and captain Tom Bullard at Leiston on Easter Monday (both 3pm) due to a prior engagement.
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