Adelaide Sign Seagulls Star
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ADELAIDE United FC secured the final piece of their 2008/09 squad with the signing of midfielder/defender Paul Reid from English club Brighton & Hove Albion.
Reid comes to Adelaide on a two year deal, which takes the Reds squad list to the maximum 23 players each Hyundai A-League club is permitted.
United Coach Aurelio Vidmar and Football Director Michael Petrillo met with Reid in London during their trip to Europe earlier this year for preliminary talks, where the 29 year old indicated he was keen to join the Reds.
Vidmar believes Reid’s acquisition is a coup for the club and will add further depth to the squad.
“We’re extremely pleased to have secured Paul for this season," said Viddie. "He was one of the standouts in the NSL during his time with the Wollongong Wolves.
"With his experience in England, we believe he will be a really significant contributor to our group.
“I’m certain he will fit into the team really well, and he has signalled that he is eager to join the club and do everything he can to help the club be successful this season.”
Sydney born Reid began his football career with the Wollongong Wolves in the old NSL in 1998 and won 2 NSL Championships in the 4 seasons he was there, before moving to England to join Bradford City in 2002.
His tenure only lasted one season before he signed with Brighton & Hove Albion in 2003, where he became a regular and popular player amongst the Seagulls fans, playing in the Coca Cola Championship in the 2004/05 and 2005/06 seasons.
Near the start of the 2006/07 season, Reid suffered a serious knee injury which saw him sidelined for a year, but he returned to first team action later in the season 2007/08 campaign.
Despite the start of the new season just over a fortnight away, Reid was taking part in Brighton’s pre-season training prior to returning to Australia and should join the Reds with a solid fitness base behind him.
Reid is expected to arrive in Adelaide on Sunday night and will wear the number 12 shirt.
Born 6 July 1979, Sydney
2004-2008 Brighton & Hove Albion (England)
2002-2004 Bradford City (England)
1998-2002 Wollongong Wolves (Australia)
1998 Macarthur Rams (NSW)
2000-01 Oceania Club Championship (Wollongong Wolves)
1999/2000, 2000/01 NSL Championship (Wollongong Wolves)
Club Statistics: Brighton & Hove Albion (94 apps, 5 goals), Bradford City (8 apps, 2 goals), Wollongong Wolves (96 apps, 17 goals), Macarthur Rams (1 app)