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REEVES: ‘BRILLIANT BEING BACK’

18 December 2019

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Jake Reeves has spoken of his delight in being back in and around Gary Bowyer’s City squad.

The midfielder made his return for the Bantams last month - after 22 months out through injury.

And, having started a further three games for the club since the end of November, Reeves is taking huge satisfaction from the feeling of progression.

He said: “It feels brilliant to be back. When you are injured and not playing, it is horrible.

“You have to turn up and watch the boys training and playing and cannot do anything about it - to help out. Essentially, you are unable to do your job.

“Now, it is obviously nice, not just to be back fit and in and around the side, but to be playing - getting plenty of minutes and a lot of game time.

“I feel great, mentally, and my body feels good too, so it is just about looking upwards from here.

“There is plenty more to come and, like I have said before, the more games I play and the more minutes I get, the better my fitness will become.

“So, it has been unbelievable for me. I am really enjoying myself and feel great.”

Despite admitting how difficult such a lengthy layoff proved, the 26-year-old insisted much is owed to his positive mindset, which helped him through his rehabilitation.

The former Brentford man claims working hard in training to get back fit eventually paid off, proving pivotal in his return to the side.

Reeves added: “Any injury is not nice for any player and it is never easy to come back from, because it will always be there in future - in the back of your mind.

“For me, it was an injury for an extended amount of time which took a lot longer than usual to heal.

“It was always difficult going through it but, more importantly, I always had faith in myself and believed in myself to eventually overcome it and get fit again.

“It was just about getting the opportunity from the gaffer and proving to everyone else that the problems are firmly in the background.

“Now I am back, I just want to play my part, keep that shirt in the centre of midfield, and hopefully help the team achieve our goals, this season.”

Reeves will be looking to make his fourth consecutive start in Saturday’s 3.00pm visit of Salford City (December 21). CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.


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