Gainsborough Trinity have moved to bolster their attacking options ahead of the 2018/19 season with the signing of experienced striker Damian Reeves, as well as re-signing 27-year old left-back Ben Gordon from Shaw Lane.
Reeves joins the Holy Blues after a season with Shaw Lane where he scored on 23 occasions and led the side on a FA Cup run which culminated in a First Round tie with Mansfield Town. A non-league stalwart, he has been a top non-league striker for a number of years, since being released by Leeds United at the age of 19.
Reeves was a top target for manager Lee Sinnott, with the pair linking up again after an impressive time together at Farsley Celtic and Altrincham. For the latter, Reeves became somewhat of a fan favourite, scoring over 80 goals, most notably in a 1-0 win over Barnsley in the FA Cup. Reeves stated he ‘did not hesitate’ in joining the club when asked by his old boss.
Reacting to the signing, Sinnott said: “We are delighted to bring Damian to Gainsborough, we worked together (at Farsley and Altrincham), where he played some of his best football. We’ve been really happy with the moves the club have made this summer, we have retained a number of key members and added some experience at this level too.
“The signings of Joe Maguire and Jon Stewart solidify the defence and adds options to the current crop of players. This comes after the important re-signing of last season’s top scorer Ashley Worsfold and Trinity will hoping that this partnership will flourish as the club bids to bounce back at the first time of asking.”
Gordon meanwhile spent a short period at Trinity last season, making two appearances including his debut off the bench in the 1-1 draw away at Spennymoor. Initially returning after three months out, he struggled for fitness, but having found his feet became a regular at Shaw Lane last season.
Assistant manager John Reed said: “He is a good full-back, a player of undoubted quality. Full-backs are very hard to find, but I believe he is one of the top three or four left backs in this league.”
Having spent a good chunk of last season with him, Reed knows his strengths, stating: “He’s a good defender, reads the game and thinks well. Ben is strong in the air and can also get forward with real quality.”