Dundee United’s Mark Reynolds believes that everyone at the club is buying into owner Mark Ogren’s vision for success as the ex-Aberdeen defender joins the club on a three-year deal.
The defender was a key piece of head coach Robbie Neilson’s January rebuild last season after joining on loan from Aberdeen. He has now signed a permanent deal at Tannadice and believes that not only his commitment, but also the increased season tickets sales on the same period last year show that the plans of club chairman Mark Ogren are being bought into.
“I think everybody is buying into it,” he said
“I think they saw what we were doing in the last couple of months of the season.
“We were playing some good football, we were getting good results and I think the fans see what the chairman has brought to the club.
“He is wanting everything to be right and he is putting money in the right places.
“He seems like a great guy, he seems a very genuine guy, he wants to come here and bring success and I think everyone is buying into that.
“You see that in the season ticket sales and even just the numbers of people that were coming to the games at the end of last season.
“It is a good place to be, everything seems to be coming up alright just now and we can try to keep pushing on and keep building on that.
Reynolds joins United after enjoying a successful period with Aberdeen and the new United club captain sees definite similarities between the two clubs.
“When I signed at Aberdeen on a long-term deal I see the same things here as I saw there,” he said.
“Aberdeen were a huge club who were in the bottom six, who were pushing for the top six and as everyone knows, and we’ve seen over the last few years that shouldn’t be Aberdeen.
“We ended up winning a trophy, cup finals, semi-finals and European football every season.
“You could see all the things were there to do that and I think now at Dundee United the building blocks are in place for us to go on and be successful.
“Everything is there for that upward trajectory for the next few years.
“It was always going to be promotion and then, once we got up, trying to secure top six and then European football, and for any team that has ambitions it is to try and win a trophy on the back of that.”
Alongside the signing of his contract with United, Reynolds is also celebrating the completion of his degree in Engineering, and he has revealed that it was former Scotland and Aberdeen boss Craig Brown who encouraged him to go to university.
“It was Craig Brown who spoke to me when I signed at Aberdeen and said: ‘you’ve got a lot of spare time on your hands, so maybe you should try to think about doing something different from football to give you options’,” he said.
“It was always something I had looked into doing, I had been accepted into university at Glasgow before I signed at Motherwell to do Maths and Science.
“So, it was always kind of there in the background, and when I signed the four-and-a-half-year deal at Aberdeen it was just something that I had the time to do, so why not?
“As Craig said to me at the time: ‘the time is going to pass anyway so you may as well do something with it’, and it is just great to be on the other side of it and finally have the degree.
“You are still quite a young guy when you finish up football and you’ve still got a long time before you properly retire, so it just gives me options when I finish playing.”