After a fantastic season that saw his goals spearhead United’s championship-winning campaign, Jamie Reid has been announced as the Vanarama National League South Player Of The Season.
Reid hit an amazing 32 goals (29 in the league) including a fine effort in United’s final day win over St Albans on Saturday.
The award is the latest accolade to come the way of Torquay’s top scorer, and manager Gary Johnson feels it is just reward for the striker’s hard work.
“In my opinion there was no other candidate, to score 32 goals in a season, 29 in the league, is a fantastic return. He’s worked very hard at his game since I’ve been here, both mentally and physically, and has reaped his rewards. It’s great to hear the Torquay fans each week singing his name. I’m sure he’ll be the first to admit he couldn’t have done it on his own, therefore I’m sure he appreciates his teammates for their assistance in him picking up the award.”
With each club in the division given the opportunity to vote for an individual player, Reid was obviously delighted to have received recognition from opposition clubs.
“It’s good to get personal recognition from other people within football. Thank you to all my teammates around me, and everyone throughout Torquay United, all the backroom staff, and thank you to the manager for putting his trust in me and playing me week in, week out. Hopefully I’ve repaid him with the performances I’ve put in.”
Jamie also paid special tribute to the Yellow Army for the backing he has received this season.
“Thank you to the fans for the support I’ve received since the new manager came in, it’s been good. The thing that sticks out for me was when I missed the penalty against Chelmsford, and they were still singing my name, so thank you very much. Obviously it’s a great achievement for me personally to get over 30 goals. There’s still room for improvement but I can go into the summer knowing that we reached our target as a team and I comfortably passed my target for goals and assists. My fourteen assists are just as good as scoring goals to me, it means I’ve contributed to the team as well.”