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Adam Reed admits his ill-fated spell with Burton Albion was character building

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 22, 2014

Burton Albion's Adam Reed runs to celebrate his goal followed by Burton Albion's Jack Dyer

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FORMER Burton Albion midfielder Adam Reed is hoping to learn from his "mistakes" at the Pirelli Stadium after joining York City this month.

The ex-Sunderland 22-year-old failed to establish himself under Gary Rowett, and was released from contract just six months after signing for the Brewers.

He subsequently joined the Minstermen, with whom he enjoyed a successful loan spell last season and told the York Press: “I have probably come out of it a stronger person and more determined – even more than I was when I came here from Sunderland.

“I made my decision in the summer and you have to live with that. Maybe that experience needed to happen so I could learn from my mistakes.

“By bringing me back, the gaffer has put a lot of faith in me and I want to repay him and the York City fans who have stuck by me.”

Reed started four games for Albion, scoring one goal, but emerging talent Matty Palmer saw him drop down the pecking order, and he went more than three months without making an appearance.

His final game came as a substitute in the 1-1 draw at Hartlepool United in December, and so far, he has only been given nine minutes in the first two games since his return to Bootham Crescent.

He was an unused substitute during the 2-0 win at Northampton Town and may have to Reed will have to fight another Albion old boy, Russell Penn, for a spot in the York midfield after replacing Penn after 81 minutes of Saturday’s goalless draw with Bristol Rovers.

He said: “As long as I get a fair chance, I can’t ever complain.

“I came in when the guys were winning, so you can never expect to go straight into the team because there are obviously other players who are working hard. I have got to show the gaffer on the training pitch how much ability I have got and what I can bring to the team.

“Then, hopefully, when the time is right, he will give me a start and I can keep my place. It was brilliant to get back out on to the pitch on Saturday.

“I was dying to get on at Northampton but, obviously, the gaffer did not think the time was right then. I was really happy to get on in my first home game back though and I just want to have some input, produce on the pitch and help the team now.”

He has been impressed with York boss Nigel Worthington's setup, saying: “The club are getting results and are in mid-table now and the manager has brought in a lot of quality.

“There are a lot of hard-working players and you know what to expect from them. They work hard before anything else and that’s what everybody and the fans expect when they pay their money.

"We also have players who can win us games even when we’re not playing well like Wes Fletcher and Ryan Jarvis. They bring a lot of quality on to the pitch which helps you out when you are trying to climb up the table.”

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