Forest midfielder Reid retires at 34

Andy Reid

Nottingham Forest midfielder Andy Reid has announced his retirement at the age of 34 after a succession of injuries.

The former Republic of Ireland international has not played a first-team game since injuring his groin[1] against Derby County in October 2014.

Reid, who came through the Reds’ youth system, moved to Spurs in 2006 for £4m and also had spells with Charlton, Sunderland and Blackpool.

He returned in 2011 and went on to score 42 goals in 290 appearances.

Reid seemed close to a first-team return[2] on a number of occasions, but was unable to regain his fitness despite a number of operations.

He joined the club’s coaching staff last season when Paul Williams took over as manager from Dougie Freedman.

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Former defender John Thompson played with Reid for both Forest and Republic of Ireland and says Reid’s retirement is “sad news”.

“He has done everything he could possibly do to get back,” said Thompson. “It’s a very sad day for him and for Forest.

“Andy is one of the best players I’ve played with and a fantastic player to have in the dressing room.

“Out on the pitch he’s a brave player and always wants the ball – and wants to do something with it.

“He will be a big loss to Forest and a big loss to the game.

“He has been really top player in the Premier League and had two good stints at Forest and played a lot for Republic of Ireland.”

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References

  1. ^ injuring his groin (www.bbc.co.uk)
  2. ^ seemed close to a first-team return (www.bbc.co.uk)

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