Orillia soccer player puts best foot forward in semi-pro league
“My goal is to continue to develop as a player, to continue to learn the game from my coaches and teammates, and to see where it takes me,” said an OSS graduate.
Orillia football star Thomas Reid has gone semi-professional.
The 22-year-old Orillia high school graduate made Barrie 1812 FC out of Ontario League 1.
âI heard there was testing for the team through social media and decided it was something I wanted to do,â said Reid.
âTo be honest, I didn’t expect to be on the team, but I wanted to go and see if I could play at this level.
Reid started his football career playing with the Orillia & District Soccer Club. He attributes some of his recent success to strong early training.
“My dad, Don Reid and Sean Madorin were my coaches when I was young, and I think it’s really important to have good coaches at that age to keep it fun and you stay interested in the game.” , did he declare. .
âI started playing in Barrie when I was 15 and 16. Ray Wright and Briesk Kouji were my coaches, and I certainly have to give them a lot of credit for preparing me to play at the university level, âhe explained.
Reid played four years of college soccer for Trent University under coach Grant Purdy.
âPlaying with Trent helped me prepare for this next step; there are a lot of good players at the college level, âsaid Reid.
“The speed of play in this league has certainly helped me prepare, although Ligue 1 is definitely a stage and something that I will still have to get used to.”
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Reid is still getting rid of the rust because he hasn’t seen any gaming action in the last year.
âSoccer is my biggest passion so it was hard not being able to play (because of) COVID,â he said.
âI always adapt and I always work off the pitch in my free time. I train with Peak Performance in Orillia, I do a lot of cardio, and in practice I find that I really need to improve my game to show that I can excel in this tough environment, âsaid Reid.
In 1812 FC’s opener, Reid, a center-back, felt he hadn’t played his best. He recorded 30 minutes of playing time and could not register any points.
âI didn’t play as well as I personally would have liked, but that comes with the learning curve of playing at a higher level,â he said.
âFor me right now, the most important thing is trust. I have the impression that if I manage to regain my confidence, I will be better able to play at this level.
Reid says he hopes Ligue 1 isn’t the top of his footballing journey; he wants to keep building to play at the next level.
âMy goal is to continue to develop as a player, to continue to learn the game from my coaches and teammates, and to see where it takes me,â he said.
Reid encourages other young players to pursue their soccer dreams.
âGo ahead,â he urged. “Work the hardest, and if that doesn’t work, it may motivate you to come back stronger for next time.”