Reuben Reid: Plymouth striker 'ready to go' after injury

By Brent PilnickBBC Sport
Reuben Reid
Reuben Reid began his career at Plymouth and re-joined the Pilgrims permanently from Yeovil last summer

Plymouth Argyle's Reuben Reid is "ready to go" for the new season after playing his first 90 minutes of pre-season.

The 27-year-old, who has been Argyle's top scorer for the last two seasons, has recovered from a foot operation.

"If selected I'm ready to go," said Reid, who was hampered by the injury for much of Plymouth's run-in as they made May's League Two play-offs.

"I feel strong and I'm a bit ahead of schedule from where I thought I'd be," he told BBC Sport.

Reid became the first Argyle player since October 1929 to score a hat-trick fierce rivals against Exeter City in February, but was injured during that game and scored just three goals after that.

"After the Exeter game I was in a pretty bad way and I shouldn't have been playing football," added the former West Bromwich Albion, Yeovil and Rotherham forward.

"Now I want to take my game to the next level again fitness-wise and with this manager (Derek Adams), physically, I think we're going to do that because we've been working hard since we came back."

Reuben Reid in numbers
88: Goals scored in his career.
12: The number of clubs he has played for, either on loan or permanently.
3: Hat-tricks in his career - one for Rotherham, two for Plymouth.

The 1-0 friendly win at local rivals Torquay United on Tuesday was the first time Adams has selected Reid from the start since he took over from John Sheridan.

"Everyone's different," said Reid when comparing Sheridan with Adams. "John Sheridan was very animated on the sidelines, you couldn't make a mistake.

"What I've found with this manager, which is going to do well for us, is there's very strict routine to hard work and recurring themes in training, which I think footballers feed off well.

"There's good preparation for the games, a lot goes into it. His attention to detail has already shown in the short space of time that I've worked with him."

And Reid is confident that Argyle can, at the very least, repeat their position from last season and make the play-offs.

He continued: "I think we underachieved massively, so I'm optimistic about this season as we've made some good additions. I think we'll be a different team this season.

"We won't be as one-dimensional I'd say. That's not a bad thing, being one-dimensional. I think last year we were kept solid and we relied on a few players to produce something.

"This season we're going to play more than three or four formations, we're going to adapt to the other teams, we're going to look at other teams a bit more and pick a team to win that particular game."