Milestone arrives in style for patient Magpie Reid

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LIVING HIS DREAM: Ben Reid playing for Collingwood in 2015 PHOTO: Herald Sun

FORMER Wangaratta Rover Ben Reid celebrated his 100th AFL game in style on the weekend booting four goals in Collingwood’s three goal win over traditional rivals Carlton.

Reid finally took his game tally into triple figures, playing his first game at the top level since round 21 last year.

The 26-year-old had been stranded on 99 games for 357 days after suffering a series of soft-tissue injuries from the beginning of the 2014 season.

Reid spoke to Collingwood TV following Saturday’s win and said it had been a hard road back but one that had made him mentally tougher while also admitting he would need to continue to work hard on staying fully fit and healthy.

“People say when they get injured, they realise how much the game means to them, I certainly found that, I’ve hated sitting at home,” he said.

“It wasn’t as if I was having setbacks that were going to put me out for 10 or 12 weeks, they were little two or three weekers, little niggly ones.

“It’s been hard no doubt and it’s still a work in progress.”

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