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Wrexham loanee Reid delighted after ‘dream’ debut

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By Matt Bishop

Wrexham striker Alex Reid says it was a “dream come true” to score on his debut for the National League side.

Reid, 21, joined The Dragons on a short-term loan deal from Fleetwood on Tuesday, and just hours later, came off the bench to net the winner for Dean Keates’ men against Gateshead.

It sealed Wrexham’s first points of the season on home soil, and capped off a dream debut for young Reid, who is now hoping to kick on and finish as the club’s top scorer.

“I was over the moon to score in front of a packed stadium – it was a dream come true.” Reid told the Daily Post. “To grab a goal and at the same time for the whole stadium to erupt, it is something I have dreamed of since I was a little kid.

“And to have the fans at the end chanting my name, it was a dream debut.

“It is getting my blood boiling again, and the hunger to score goals. I want to finish top of the goalscorers list. I am ambitious and hope it carries on.

“First and foremost I am focused on doing my best here and then leaving an impression on Fleetwood.”

Reid knows boss Keates from their time together at Rushall Olympic, but was chucked in at the deep end against Gateshead because he barely knew the names of his teammates.

However, the striker was never fazed, and said: “In my opinion football hasn’t got a language, you don’t need to know everyone’s name to play, but I was spending most of my time shouting ‘yeah’.

“The message [from Keates] was to go out there and have fun, play with some freedom.

“I haven’t trained with the team yet, they don’t know how I play, and I don’t know how they play, but we have clicked straight away. I am a predator in front of goal and any chance I am going to take it.”

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