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Bradford City made their fifth summer signing with the AFC Wimbledon midfielder Jake Reeves for an undisclosed fee on a three year deal.
The 24-year old midfielder started out his footballing career at the Tottenham Hotspur Youth Academy before making his senior debut with Brentford in 2011.
At the start of his senior career Reeves enjoyed a couple of loan spells at St. Albans City and AFC Wimbledon but was recalled to the Brentford squad and came back to Griffin Park to make 34 appearances for the bees in the third tier.
After, a short stay at Swindon Town, Reeves put pen to paper to sign for AFC Wimbledon in January 2015 and played a big role in the Dons step-up from League 2 to League 1.
Despite Reeves only being 24, the Lewisham born midfielder has played nearly 200
appearances already and knows League 1 football inside-out having made half of his
Reeves played an influential part in Neil Ardley’s side and the Wimbledon faithful are upset
to see the midfielder leave for League 1 rivals Bradford City.
Jake will feel welcomed though and almost feel at home as he will join his ex-Dons teammate Dominic Poleon who also signed for the club in June.
The Bantams main problem to the 2016/17 campaign was the lack of goals. To this end
Reeves only hit the net 4 times in 109 appearances for Wimbledon, but the Bradford fans
will be hoping to see a more prolific season with Jake in a more attacking role under Stuart
Jake believes that McCall’s style of play can bring the best out of him. He is known
to have a great engine and hopes he can make more runs into the box to open up doors and create chances for his teammates, or even pop the ball into the net himself.
Reeves tells the local newspapers that “When I was at Wimbledon, I pretty much played a
specific role. It was more structured in our attacking play.” Jake played more of a defensive
role when playing under Neil Ardley which didn’t give him the freedom to go forward, but
with McCall’s style of fluidity and attacking flow City fans should see a different Jake Reeves.
McCall’s philosophy is freedom allowing players to take up alternative positions. If someone moves out of position another player will always cover, which should enable Jake to move into attack and show his true talent.
Stuart McCall feels that Reeves is the ideal midfielder to replace last season’s West Ham
loanee Josh Cullen.
Jake Reeves can only wait to be unleashed come August.