'A Very, Very Good Centre Forward'
REUBEN Reid can take care of some unfinished business on his return to Home Park.Reuben made his debut for the Pilgrims as a teenager nearly seven years ago and played 11 further times for the Greens in the following 14 months.
However, he failed to get his name on the scoresheet and will be eager to put that right during his loan spell from Westcountry neighbours Yeovil.
Bristolian Reuben, now 24, came to Home Park after shining as sporting youngster at Millfield School, having turned down the chance of a first-class cricket career with Gloucestershire.
Tony Pulis handed Reuben his first Argyle appearance in the last Championship game of the 2005-06 season, a 2-1 victory over Ipswich Town when he came on as substitute for Green legend Michael Evans in Michael’s last match.
Fresh Faced: Reuben at Home Park in 2006
Five more games as a substitute followed before he made his full debut for Ian Holloway in a memorable 1-0 win at Coventry, where he partnered Nick Chadwick up front.
Following a loan spell to Kidderminster, he returned to Home Park and featured in four matches at the start of 2007 before finishing the season on loan at Torquay.
His final appearance in the Green came in a League Cup victory over Doncaster at Home Park at the start of the 2007-08 campaign, after which he was loaned to Wycombe and Brentford before being released by Paul Sturrock.
His stop-start Argyle career had seen him make four starts and eight substitute appearances. Interestingly, only one of those dozen games ended in defeat for the Pilgrims.
He'll Be Back: Reid comes up against Kári Árnason when playing
for Walsall in 2010
Reuben’s career really took off after he signed for Rotherham United in the summer of 2008 and went on to score 19 goals in all competitions, earning a move to Championship side West Brom.
Faced with stiff competition for a starting berth at the hawthorns, Reuben failed to nail down a regular starting place and, after a loan at Peterborough, he moved on loan to Walsall scoring the winning goal in a 2-1 against Argyle on his debut at the Banks’s Stadium in August 2010.
In January 2011, he was transferred to Oldham Athletic and was a regular until September last season, when a thigh injury interrupted his progress.
This summer, he signed a two-year deal with League 1 Yeovil Town, where he played regularly alongside Argyle’s current loan signing Gozie Ugwu, and has scored six goals from 11 starts including two in a 4-2 League Cup victory against former club West Brom.
Hat-trick hero: Reuben celebrates his third goal in our
pre-season defeat to Yeovil
With 45 goals from 207 appearances, and still only 24, Reuben will be eager to live up to the plaudits handed him by Ian Holloway after his full debut.
“I’ve got no doubts whatsoever that he will make himself a player,” said Ollie, five years ago, “a very, very good centre-forward.
“I’ve no doubt he will develop into a fantastic centre-forward - if he doesn’t, it will be his own fault.”