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U's Flash: Kyel Reid Signs

7 August 2017

Colchester United are pleased to welcome experienced wide man Kyel Reid to the club on loan until January ahead of this week's home double header.

Kyel joins from Coventry City and will add 300 games worth of experience to the ranks, ahead of the games against Aston Villa and Stevenage.

A product of West Ham's Academy, Kyel played three times for the Hammers, but enjoyed a number of loan spells at Championship level between 2006 and 2009, playing for Barnsley, Crystal Palace, Blackpool, wolves and Sheffield United.

It was from 2009 that Kyel's career lifted off, playing on loan at Charlton in 2009/10 before joining them permanently the season after.

After that season with the Addicks, he then dropped to League Two as former U's boss Phil Parkinson persuaded Kyel to be part of his new project at Valley Parade.

After two seasons at that level, Kyel then helped the Bantams to promotion to League One in 2014.

He was to leave Yorkshire that summer, though, heading to Preston North End. It was to be a second promotion for the left sided player, playing 14 times as the Lancashire side made it back to the Championship.

However, in 2015/16, he returned to Bradford on loan in League One, helping them to the play-off semi-finals.

Last season, Kyel headed to the Midlands to play for Coventry City, where he played 21 times.

Now his future lies in Essex and he'll look to give the U's another option down the left flank.

Kyel's move will be completed subject to paperwork clearance and he will wear number 17 during his time with the U's.


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