A new addition at SN1 has been confirmed in recent days, that being the arrival of 24-year-old, Barnsley born midfielder Louis Reed. The 5’8 midfield orchestrator signed on a free transfer from Championship outfit Peterborough following his release earlier in the summer. Having been on trial at Doncaster for near 4 weeks, his arrival at The County Ground came as much shock to the fanbase and just as much of a shock to Doncaster and Peterborough fans who couldn’t quite believe he was dropping into the 4th tier of English football.
A graduate of the Sheffield United academy, he arrives in Wiltshire with 191 EFL games under his belt and 7 goals, most of which at a higher level. Best off accompanied by another midfielder willing to put their body about a bit and do the dirty work, if given the chance he can control a game from deep. Town definitely have that midfielder who will put their body about as everyone knows, with 34-year-old fan favourite Anthony Grant signing a new one-year deal at the club last week, following his release under the previous regime. As well as Grant to fill the role, Australian midfielder Jordan Lyden could be the one to partner Reed when back from injury.
The addition of Reed is reminiscent of a former Swindon man, Michael Doughty, both of which operate in a similar deeper lying midfield role happy to conduct from such positions and Swindon fans wouldn’t be wrong to think this is a coup for the club. The recent League 1 promotion winner has been much admired throughout his career by Garner and could offer something that we lack from the midfield.
My personal thoughts are that this could easily be one of the signings of the summer in the entire division, a player so gifted and with the experience of winning promotion from a higher division as recently as last year could prove a real boost to the younger players in the side, whilst still being relatively young himself. He has really added to our good, strong midfield depth and a good core to the side – whilst fitting with the young, promising idea’s that Garner, Chorley and Morfuni have spoken about.
Author: Tyler Bunce – Twitter – @tylerontherun