STRAIGHT-TALKING Reuben Reid feels Forest Green are on the right track.

Having swapped a promotion campaign with Exeter City for a relegation fight, Reid quickly endeared himself to the New Lawn faithful, with a sumptuous 60th minute winner to sink Port Vale and lift Rovers out of the relegation zone, leapfrogging Chesterfield and Barnet.

"I’m delighted that we got the three points,” said Reid, who penned a two-and-a-half year deal on Friday afternoon.

“You could see out there the tension and the lads defended really well against a team that gets the ball forward.

“It was a relief to see it through. Credit to the boys, I think all of us defended well and for the situation we are in, it’s magic.”

Reid was pleased to get off the mark, his ninth goal of the season, but the build-up play between himself and strike partner Christian Doidge delighted the former Plymouth striker

“What was more enjoyable than the shot was the little bit of link up play,” he explained.

“I’ve nicked it around the corner to Doidgey and he’s set be back. I was just about to give him a bit of stick for a poor set but I managed to get my stud on it, it went in my path and I put my foot through it, thinking the keeper was going to catch it, and it went in.

“I think it was wind assisted but we’ll take that. Somethings always happen for a reason, I don’t know why, but it was nice for it to go in and thankfully it was a match winner.”

It was a tight call as to whether Reid would be available to face Neil Aspin’s side, with the paperwork going through with just four minute to spare before the midday deadline.

However, despite only seeing his teammates for the first time in the changing room before kick-off, Reid said it didn’t affect his preparations.

“Friday was a long day trying to get things over the line, itching to get signed before 12 o’clock, I think the deal was done at 11.56 am and I got permission to play,” he added.

“A day like today, there’s no time to meet your teammates. Because of the situation we’re in it’s just about getting out there and get on with it."

Reid feels Rovers are the right club for him, having swapped a promotion campaign with Exeter City for a different challenge at the lower reaches of the League Two table.

"I like what I see here," he added. "I've played against Forest Green four times this season and they played us off the park in every game. When I heard they were interested I thought 'I'd like a bit of that'."

Despite leaping out of the bottom two, Reid remains pragmatic ahead of their trip to Swindon Town on Saturday.

He said: “We’re not getting too far ahead of ourselves, we’ve got to build on it.
“That has got to be par for us.”

Watch Reuben Reid give his post-match verdict.