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Scunthorpe United sign Colchester defender Paul Reid

Paul Reid
Paul Reid was signed by Rangers from Carlisle United as a teenager in 2000

Scunthorpe United have completed the signing of Colchester United centre-half Paul Reid for a fee believed to be in the region of £100,000.

Reid, 28, who has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Championship club, goes straight into the squad to face Leeds United on Saturday.

"Paul is a player I liked when he was at Barnsley," Scunthorpe boss Ian Baraclough told BBC Radio Humberside.

"I want to bring leaders into the team and he fits that bill," he added.

"He's a no-nonsense defender who at his time at Barnsley did well," added Baraclough. "I believe he fell out with Simon Davey but when I've seen him he's done very well."

Reid, who started his career at Carlisle, was signed by Dick Advocaat for Rangers in June 2000 before a short stay at Preston, followed by 18 months at Northampton.

I know what it takes to survive at this level and I'm hoping I can have the same result at Scunthorpe

Paul Reid

He was signed by Paul Hart for Barnsley in August 2004, making 65 appearances before Simon Davey allowed him to move from Oakwell to Colchester in 2008.

And the 28-year-old says the desire to play at a higher level once more played a big part in his decision to join Scunthorpe.

"I've worked hard in the past couple of years to get back into the Championship and I intend to take it with both hands," said Reid.

"I was at Barnsley and we managed to get promoted via the play-offs. I played in the Championship and managed to keep the club in the Championship in a difficult first year.

"I know what it takes to survive at this level and I'm hoping I can have the same result at Scunthorpe."

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see also
Colchester capture defender Reid
02 Jul 08 |  Colchester
Barnsley snap up Reid
14 Jul 04 |  Barnsley

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