AFTER a fantastic season that saw his goals spearhead Torquay United’s championship-winning campaign, Jamie Reid has been named as the Vanarama National League South player of the season.

Reid hit 32 goals (29 in the league), including a fine effort in United’s final day win over St Albans on Saturday.

The award is the latest accolade to come the way of Torquay’s top scorer, and manager Gary Johnson feels it is just reward for the striker’s hard work.

“In my opinion there was no other candidate,” said Johnson. “To score 32 goals in a season, 29 in the league, is a fantastic return.

“He’s worked very hard at his game since I’ve been here, both mentally and physically, and has reaped his rewards. It’s great to hear the Torquay fans each week singing his name.

“I’m sure he’ll be the first to admit he couldn’t have done it on his own, therefore I’m sure he appreciates his teammates for their assistance in him picking up the award.”

With each club in the division given the opportunity to vote for an individual player, Reid was obviously delighted to have received recognition from opposition clubs.

“It’s good to get personal recognition from other people within football,” said Reid. “Thank you to all my team-mates around me and everyone throughout Torquay United, all the backroom staff, and thank you to the manager for putting his trust in me and playing me week in, week out. Hopefully I’ve repaid him with the performances I’ve put in.”

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