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Forest Green: Reece Styche ready to prove his worth again

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 20, 2014

By Pete Orchard

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Back in the team and among the goals, Reece Styche is ready to prove he has a long-term future at Forest Green.

Styche has seen no fewer than 16 strikers signed either permanently or on loan during his four-year stay at Rovers, and manager Ady Pennock will today hold talks with another in former York City man Jason Walker.

Forced to sit out large chunks of the last two seasons due to injury, Styche marked his first official start this term with a goal in the 6-2 drubbing of Hyde in the Skrill Premier.

Four days earlier he had been named in the team to face Grimsby Town, only to see the game abandoned after 30 minutes due to floodlight failure.

The 24-year-old said: “I’m buzzing to get the win more than anything, and just to get back playing.

“I was enjoying the Grimsby game and I thought it was just my luck when the lights went off, but it might have been a blessing in disguise.

“People expect you to come to places like Hyde and win but it’s not that easy, and they could have made it hard for us if we hadn’t taken our chances early on.

“I managed to get the goal and a couple of assists as well, which is what I have to do because the new gaffer (Pennock) has given me a chance and it’s up to me to take it.

“Strikers have come and gone ever since I’ve been here and I’d like to think I’ve always proved myself in this team and in this league.

“This is the only professional club I’ve ever known and it will be four years at the end of this month, so it means a lot to me to be here and when things aren’t going well on the pitch it affects me.

“I love playing for this club and everyone knows that as soon as I put the shirt on I’ll do my best to make us a better team.”

Pennock has already added another forward to the ranks this month in the shape of Lee Hughes, and he confirmed he would be sitting down with Walker and his representatives today.

The 29-year-old, who was also a target for Gateshead and Grimsby Town, trained with Rovers last week and is a free agent following a spell in Sweden.

Pennock said: “Jason has been training with us and I’ll be speaking to him and his agent, so something might happen there.

“But it has to be right for all parties so we’ll have to wait and see.”

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