Reid sets sights on Fenmen move

CHATTERIS Town midfielder Steven Reid could be a fifth new signing for Wisbech Town manager Steve Appleby after striker Nick Davey signed for the club at the end of last week.

Reid was training at the Elgoods Fenland Stadium last week and, although he will play in a friendly for the Lilies this week, he will also be included in Appleby’s squad for the first friendly of the season against Andy Furnell’s Soham Town Rangers at home on Saturday.

Appleby is keen to sign a midfielder after Callum Reed’s move to King’s Lynn and an attempt to sign a former Soham Town player did not materialise.

Appleby said: “Reid is a hard tackling midfielder who can also play football so is just what we are looking for.

“He almost went to Ely at the start of last season but was messed about and stayed with Chatteris. He wants to have a look at us and he would certainly get his chance here. He could be a good addition to the squad.”

Davey also trained twice last week with the Wisbech players before putting pen to paper at the end of Thursday’s session. The 20-year-old scored a lot of goals as a youngster for Walpole Highway Youth Football Club before being taken on at Norwich City’s academy as a 13-year-old.

He also did well in the Norwich junior teams but wasn’t offered a professional contract when his scholarship ended in the spring of 2009.

Davey then made just four appearances for King’s Lynn in the 2009-10 season and then left for Bury Town in the same season where he scored five goals in 13 appearances.

In February 2010, Nick went to Australia playing for Sunshine George Cross in the Victoria Premier League before returning home this year.

Appleby said: “He is another hungry young player who will be a good asset. We will have to wait for international clearance for him to play but hopefully that should be through before the end of the week.”

Matt Lunn will also be staying with the club this season and Appleby commented: “He was tremendous for us last season and is happy at Wisbech. We just had to sort some travelling problems although he will miss the odd game again this season because of work commitments.”

Appleby is well pleased with how the training went in the first week and added: “The new signings have shown they are keen to impress and the players from last season are well up for it too. I could not be happier with the start.

“My only concern is about Darren Jimson who is still being troubled by a knee injury picked up at the end of last season.

“He looks as though he will have to rest for three weeks as he is getting pain at the moment from it. If it does not improve we may have to bring another player into the squad but we will see.”