Andy Reid’s English football career came full circle yesterday when he was announced as the first signing of Steve McLaren’s reign as Nottingham Forest.
The former Cherry Orchard star made his name with Forest during a 5 year spell in the early 2000’s before sealing a big money move to Tottenham Hotspurs.
Since that move to London Reid has failed to live up to the hype that has surrounded him and had spells with Charlton, Sunderland, Sheffield United on loan and more recently Blackpool.
At Charlton and Sunderland, impressive starts were soon blighted by a familiar friend, hamstring troubles and if Reid is to make an impression in the midlands he will need an injury free run to get back to the form we all know he is capable of.
Despite his inconsistencies on the field, the player himself cannot be faulted for the disaster that turned out to be the move to Blackpool, the club he was recently released from. Initially signed when it looked like Charlie Adam was going to leave the club, Reid could have only watched on with dismay as the transfer window closed and the Scottish international remained.
That signalled the end of his Blackpool career with Ian Holloway preferring his 25 year old playmaker ahead of the 28 year old and in the end Reid made just 5 appearances for the relegated side.
All that is in the past now with the 27 times capped midfielder signing a 2 year deal, sometimes you have to go back to go forward.
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