Kyel Reid completes the move from Preston North End and eye’s a place in the Sky Blues front three…
Coventry City have today confirmed the signing of forward Kyel Reid on a two-year deal, following the 28-year old’s release from Preston North End.
Reid spent the majority of the 2015/16 season on loan at West Yorkshire side Bradford City, having made it to the play-off semi-finals with the League One club last year.
The ex-West Ham man has committed himself to the Sky Blues until June 2018 and has spoken about the influence of the manager on his decision to move to the West Midlands.
Reid said: “The way the manager wants to attack the league this year was exciting for me and the new formation is something for me to look forward to. It is a style of play I’m used to from my time at West Ham and the England youth setup.
“It gives players like me a chance to express themselves. I want to repay the favour and the gaffer’s faith in me by producing on the pitch.
“Tony is a great manager, very experienced. He’s managed some top sides. And the club itself is massive. It’s just about me doing my bit now to ensure the club gets back to where it needs to be.”
Reid has set his sights on Tony Mowbray’s starting XI, having identified the 3-4-3 formation as a key attraction for attacking players. The forward has been tasked with adding more goals to his game, having scored four for the Bantams last term.
Asked about his settling in period, Reid added: “Training has been good, I knew a few of the lads already from down south. Cooky [Reice Charles-Cook] took me under his wing and showed me around.
“I’ve come here to achieve something and with the squad that the manager is building here, we’ve got a great chance. In the two games that I played against Coventry last year it was clear that the club had a footballing ethos.
“We’ve just got to take the experience from last year and that winning mentality from the first-half of the season - hopefully we can go one step further.
“I’m a player that likes to excite, I like to get fans off their feet. As soon as I get the ball I look to go forward and run with it, using my pace to create. The game at the Ricoh last year was probably one of my better ones.
“I’d like to play as part of a front three, because I want to be on the scoresheet. I’d just be happy to get out there and put the shirt on and be helping the team to compete for the points we need to be at the top of the table.
“You’ve probably seen that I finished on four goals last year but I want to top that. My stats suggest I got the most amount of crosses in the league last season, and I’m looking to kick on from there really. The manager has bought me here to score goals and there is no better feeling than scoring for your team, if I get between eight and ten I’d be happy.”