IT has not taken Reuben Reid long to refamiliarise himself with his old stamping ground.The 24 year old striker is back where his football career started after joining the Pilgrims on a one-month loan from league 1 Yeovil.
His first two years as a young teenage professional were spent with the Pilgrims, for who he made 12 appearances, only one of them as a loser.
“Not a lot has changed,” he said, before his first Home Park training session for nearly six years on Friday morning. “It’s good to be in familiar surroundings.
“It’s a bit strange, coming back to somewhere where you’ve been before, but it’s also a good thing because I’m familiar with the place.
“My memories of Plymouth have always been positive so, if I can come in and help the team win games, that will be a bonus for myself and the club.”
The one blot on Reuben’s personal copybook was that he failed to translate his prolific youth and reserve-team scoring form into goals for the first team during his formative years.
He has scored against Argyle since leaving, including in a pre-season game this season, when he netted a hat-trick for Yeovil at Dorchester.
“That’s a record I’d like to change,” he said. “Hopefully, in this little spell, I can get on the scoresheet..
“I made my debut for Walsall a couple of seasons back and managed to get a goal against Argyle. It’s a funny game, football. I guess I owe Argyle one now.”
The years might have passed but Reuben still possesses the qualities that had Ian Holloway drooling after he handed a raw youngster his full debut at Coventry in 2006.
He said: “My game is based around attacking, getting the ball and driving forward, going at players and basically just trying to be a threat to the opposition.
“My pace is an asset and, hopefully, if I can get the ball in the right areas, I’m an alright finisher as, well. I hope I can bring that to the team, if I play.”
Reuben played alongside fellow Pilgrims loan player Gozie Ugwu at Yeovil this season, knows Warren Feeney from time at Oldham, and shared a dressing-room with Romain Larrieu, Nick Chadwick and Paul Wotton during his first spell at Argyle.
“I know quite a few of the lads here through the game,” he said.
“Familiar faces and familiar surroundings can only bode well for a successful little period.”