LEE Reed believes the additions to Bury Town this summer will make him a better player as he looks to push on and keep his place in the team.
The Blues have brought in John Kennedy, Lee Smith, Stephen Smith and Danny Cunningham to bolster the midfield, but Reed hopes he can continue to find the net – as he has done 29 times over the past two seasons.
“We’ve signed a lot of midfielders and the good thing is that each one of us offers something different to the team,” said Reed, brother to Bury striker Sam. “We’ve replaced Neil Andrews with John Kennedy as like-for-like, the Smiths like to get on the ball.
“Over the last couple of years, scoring goals from midfield has been one of my key attributes. The worst thing you can do in a team is to get comfortable and know every game you are going to be in the side.
“The best thing is healthy competition because you know that even if you have a bad half you will be taken off and probably be on the bench for the next game. You need players snapping at your heels to play better. Hopefully the competition for places will push me on to a whole new level.”
Despite his prowess from the middle of the park, Reed could find himself pushed out wide left to cover the absence of Cunningham for the first five matches of the season.
“I’m probably the most natural person to stand-in for him,” added Reed. “I don’t mind doing it – I’d rather be playing in the middle, but at the end of the day I’d rather be on the left than on the bench.”
Despite the Blues’ strong showing last season, Reed also believes Bury will be marked by other sides as a dangerous fixture this season.
“Last year we were an unknown quantity,” he said. “We got to Christmas without people taking much notice of us, whereas this year it’s going to be tough because we are going to be looked at from the start as one of the favourites to be up there.”
Reed also welcomed the arrival of Roy Essandoh this week, and believes he will become a vital player.
“He’s played at a decent level, here and abroad, so he has a lot of experience,” said Reed.