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Damian Reeves: Shaw Lane Club On The Up

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New Shaw Lane AFC striker Damian Reeves says the momentum the club has and the way they spoke to him made it an easy decision to join writes Tom Feaheny.

The forward has joined after successful spells at Farsley Celtic and most recently Altrincham. He will Phil Parkinson’s side this season in Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division.

After the signing was announced Reeves admits he can’t wait to get going.

“I am very pleased to be joining as they are a club on the up who are geared towards success.

“The main factor is the one goal the club has is promotion and that’s a big positive for me. They are used to winning and that in itself gives momentum. It started as a small club with a big ambition and if I can help that on it’s way and be a part of it then that’s great.

“I like the way Shaw Lane put themselves across and had a clear vision of where they want to go. The decision to drop down a level was to help them go up a level and that’s something I felt I could help them with.

“My personal aims are as always to score as many goals as I can. I want to help the team achieve it’s own aim of getting promoted.”

Reeves admitted that there was plenty of interest in him. Those clubs have been from a number of leagues.

“I was in the fortunate position of having a few offered from different clubs. The vast majority in the Vanarama National North as well as one club in the Vanarama National League. I had a bit of a luxury to be able to listen to them all and make my decision from there.”

Reeves had been at Altrincham and his goal scoring exploits led to him being looked at by Football League sides. He admitted that it was time for a change but he loved his time there.

“If I’m being brutally honest as I always am it was the right time for me to leave. I actually decided at Christmas that It would be my last season.

“Sometimes among all the affection and good memories you have for a certain club you have to sit back and think it’s time to try something different and this was that time.

“There’s been far too many good moments to try and name, but in terms of the club itself I would say the promotion and the playoff final.

“The dramatic way it happened is a story in itself. if I have to pick a personal one I would put the goal against Barnsley to win the fa cup tie right up there as that was a great personal moment but also a great one for the club as well.”


About Author

I work as a freelance journalist for The Non-League Paper, Yorkshire Evening Post, Yorkshire Post, North-West Evening Mail and others, based in Yorkshire, I am always at a game on a Tuesday and Saturday when the season is on, I started following non-league at the age of 10 and have been hooked ever since.

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