The signature of Josh Reid drew a line under January 2023’s transfer dealings; the left-back arriving on loan from Coventry City. At the time, it was perhaps the one key area that Boro’ were most keen to strengthen in. The start of the month had seen another loanee, Saxon Earley, return to Norwich City ahead of a permanent switch to Plymouth Argyle. That had left Max Clark as our only out-and-out left back. And, while that wasn’t necessarily a problem, there would be no harm in having cover.
Reid certainly wasn’t short of people who could vouch for him; Sky Blues’ boss Mark Robins “speaking highly” of the lad’s abilities. The same is true of fellow players Kyle McFadzean and Matty Godden. At the time of his arrival, manager Steve Evans said: “Josh will provide great competition for Max Clark for a place in our starting eleven. He is young, strong, competitive and has a good left foot. I have watched him several times playing in the Scottish Premier League and that led to a move south to join Coventry City.”
Josh Reid: Before Boro’
Reid arrived at Coventry City in January 2021; signing for the Midlands club for an undisclosed fee. It was his first move south of the border too. The defender’s only previous club before that was hometown club Ross County. He first signed for the Staggies in 2010; a member of their academy and passing through various youth levels over the next 10 years. In 2020, his big break came with a step up to the first team. His senior debut was no small matter; the opening day of the Scottish Premiership season. He’d go onto play 24 times that season.