Jamie Reid: 'I was close to coming back to Plainmoor'

Mansfield Town player Jamie Reid on the subs bench during the Skybet League Two Match between Mansfi

Jamie Reid on the subs bench for Mansfield Town last September. - Credit: Steve Bond/Pinnacle

Former Torquay United striker Jamie Reid has revealed that he was close to re-signing for the Gulls before Christmas during a difficult start to his career with League Two Mansfield Town.

Torquay-born Reid, 26, who scored 53 goals in the previous two seasons for United, is now playing regularly under Mansfield manager Nigel Clough.

But that wasn't the case under Graham Coughan, who signed Reid last summer.

"It was so tough at the start," said Reid.

"I wasn't getting in the side here, and when I got a couple of calls from other clubs, I realised that I'd been made available.

"In fact, I was close to coming back to Plainmoor at one point."

Mansfield sacked Coughlan at the end of October and appointed ex-Burton Albion, Derby County and Sheffield United manager Clough.

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Reid has since scored five goals in a run under Clough, and he says: "He comes with a lot of respect in football, my all-round game is getting better and I know I can score goals.

"I've still watched all Torquay's highlights, it's the first result I look for and I really hope they do it (win promotion).

"They've had a few injuries, but I know the team is so close to the manager, they played the perfect game for me and I'm rooting for them to get up."

Meanwhile, Johnson has asked the Professional Game Officials Board to review Connor Lemonheigh-Evans' headed equaliser which was disallowed, for offside against Billy Waters, at the end of United's FA Trophy quarter-final defeat at Woking at the weekend.

United, with QPR loanee Marcin Brzozowski in goal, lost 1-0 - skipper Asa Hall missed a first-half penalty - but Johnson said: "It was a good goal, and I've asked them very politely to have another look at it and say whether they agree with us or the referee."

NL leaders United should have several of the players who missed the Woking tie back for Saturday's home game against chasers Hartlepool United (3pm).

Centre-forward Danny Wright (hamstring) will also undergo tests at the FA's Rehab Centre at Burton-on-Trent next week for an all-clear to resume training.

Eight-goal Wright has been out since Boxing Day, and his early return would be a huge boost for the Gulls.