FAIRFORD Town manager Jody Bevan has enlisted the help of Jamie Reid after appointing him assistant manager at Cinder Lane.

The former Gloucester City and Cirencester Town midfielder opted to call time on his position as a player-manager at Hardwicke earlier this week in order to take up to position with the Hellenic League Premier Division side.

Reid, who made two appearances for Fairford last term, scoring once, told fairfordtown.co.uk that he was looking forward to a new challenge.

“Leaving Hardwicke is one of the toughest decisions I have had to make because I have good friends there and it’s a club with good people,” he said.

“I wouldn’t have left (Hardwicke) if I didn’t feel it was a project worth buying into, but Jody’s a top bloke and he’s well liked in football.

“Fairford is a well-run club and they’ve got good people behind the scenes there too. I played a few games for them last year and I enjoyed it, but now it’s a chance to continue that progression and hopefully help them push on.”

Bevan guided Fairford to safety during his first season in charge at the club and after the shock departure of Will Steadman, says he is delighted to have Reid at the helm with him.

“I’m absolutely delighted to have got Jamie on board,” said Bevan

“He was the first person I thought of to replace Will Steadman once he had to step down in January due to family commitments.

“Jamie has performed incredibly well managing Hardwicke in the Gloucestershire County League over the last two seasons and brings a wealth of experience from his playing career in the Southern League where he was a teammate of mine at both Gloucester City and Cirencester Town.''

Bevan added: “Jamie will be a huge asset to both myself and the club both on and off the pitch.

“Whilst I do not expect Jamie to be playing every single game, he is only 30 years old and he has plenty to offer still and his knowledge, experience and know how is a huge boost to our existing squad.

“I know it has been a huge wrench for him to leave Hardwicke but I am really confident that by coming to Fairford, Jamie can push on and achieve success in both a playing and coaching capacity.”