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Reid: “Wimbledon was my stepping stone”

15 August 2013

Jamie looks back at the brace on his full debut

Ahead of City’s home game against AFC Wimbledon on Saturday, Exeter striker Jamie Reid recalled fondly his last match against the Dons.

The 19-year-old hitman announced his arrival on his first start for the Grecians with a fine brace at Kingsmeadow last April, as Exeter earned a 2-2 draw away to Wimbledon.

Reid has since found himself in the City squad with regularity since then – and as well as being amongst the 18 on all three occasions so far this campaign, his appearance against Queens Park Rangers last week was the first time he had completed 90 minutes since that trip to Kingsmeadow last season.

And he has also been one of the busier players this summer – he featured in a Under-21 European Championship qualifier with Northern Ireland in Cyprus, before more recently representing the Ulstermen in the under-19s section of the Milk Cup.

“Wimbledon was where I got my first start and my first League goals, so that was a good time for me,” said Jamie.

“I had no idea I was going to start – I thought I would be the spare man when I went up there.  So the match against Wimbledon was a really good stepping stone for me, as I went on to start the rest of the games last season.

“And I’ve been involved in pre-season games this year too – this time last year, I was probably the only player to not be involved in any of the pre-season games and I eventually went out on loan.  But I know that I’ve still got a long way to go yet to be a first-team player.”

Despite his heroics in southwest London against the Dons last season, he admitted that he wasn’t sure whether he would be involved again when Wimbledon visit the Park on Saturday.

However he also welcomed the need for young players, including himself, to win their place in the squad on merit.

“I don’t know yet if I’m going to be starting, or just going to be in the squad, or if I’m not going to be involved at all,” he continued.  

“The manager is good like that – he keeps you on your toes and keeps all the young lads fighting for their place in the team.”

Tickets will be on sale for Exeter City v AFC Wimbledon – our designated Brazil Day – from the ticket booths around the ground and upon entry to the Big Bank, or can be bought in advance online or from Reception at St James Park.  Click here for ticket prices and click here for online ticketing.

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