Fabian Reid making big strides - Striker reaping rewards of hard work

May 02, 2018
Arnett Gardens' Fabian Reid rises to control a ball while being tracked by Humble Lion's Ricardo Campbell during a Red Stripe Premier League match at the Effortville Community Center last season.

National senior team striker Fabian Reid attributes hard work for his outstanding display on the pitch since he returned to the island in January 2017, after a two-year stint in the Trinidad and Tobago Professional League.

Reid helped Jamaica to wins against St Kitts and Nevis and Antigua and Barbuda by finding the back of the net on both occasions.

"I am just working hard towards my ambition and I am elated to score in both games and help the national team to important wins," Reid told STAR Sports, immediately after the team's arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport yesterday.

Those goals pushed Reid, who scored on his Reggae Boyz' debut against Trinidad and Tobago last September, to three goals in five caps.

Reid played important roles to help Arnett Gardens win the Red Stripe Premier League last year. He was awarded with a national call-up and has not looked back since.


Contrasting season


"Last season, I came in and played several positions and helped Arnett to the championship title.

This season, I played in a more attacking role and finished on 16 goals, second to Craig Foster who ended on 17 goals. Coming home things are where I want it to be so I will continue to work hard," the 23-year-old pointed out about his improvement.

He was awarded the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in the just concluded RSPL season.

"I must say thanks to God. I didn't get the goalscoring award but I was selected as the MVP. I was disappointed with myself because I had two matches in the league semi-finals to win the Golden Boot award," he lamented.

"I did not win it but God knows why, so I just have to accept the MVP and move on. I am not surprised (I won the MVP award) as I worked hard in pre-season and throughout the season."

He added: "I believe that there is a contract out there for me, so I will have to put in the work and wait for that time to come."

The work continues for Reid as he will join his team to participate in the CONCACAF Club Championship next week.


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