Steven Reid Announces Retirement
Burnley midfielder Steven Reid has announced his intention to retire at the end of the current Premier League season.
The former Republic of Ireland international has made 398 club appearances in a 17-year career that also seen him earn 23 caps for the Republic of Ireland, including two appearances at the 2002 World Cup.
Reid, who signed a one-year deal at Turf Moor last summer, made seven appearances for the Clarets in his farewell campaign.
Speaking about his decision Steven Reid said, “It is with a heavy heart that I announce my retirement from professional football at the end of the 2014/15 season.
The last 17 years have been incredible and I have been fortunate to have played for some great clubs including Millwall, Blackburn Rovers, West Bromwich Albion and Burnley, as well as representing Ireland at the World Cup.
Alongside the great memories there have also been the many lows of my well-documented injuries and I feel the time has now come to listen to my body.
I’m excited about the new challenges ahead, I’m working towards my ‘A’ licence and look forward to pursuing a career in coaching, alongside continuing the media work I’ve enjoyed this season.
I would like to thank everybody that has been a part of the journey, My family, especially, but also the fans, players, staff, managers and friends that have made it a truly wonderful 17 years.”