Reid opts to play on rather than pursue coaching career
Steven Reid admits he is excited at the prospect of one last challenge in a stellar career.
The former West Bromwich Albion and Republic of Ireland midfielder admitted he was in talks over a coaching role at The Hawthorns over the summer, at the end of his current playing deal.
However, after the stars aligned, the prospect of linking up with former Millwall team mate Sean Dyche at Turf Moor has reignited the 33-year-old’s passion for playing on.
Reid told Clarets Player: “There was a chance of a coaching role, but it didn’t really materialise.
“At the end of last season, I sat down with West Brom and we discussed a few options and possibly staying around the club and filling a role there.
“But as the weeks went on I started to recover from what was a really long, stressful season with West Brom and a battle from first game to last.
“We managed to dig ourselves out of it and stay up, and as weeks went on – and after playing 16 full games in the Premier League last season - I just felt there was maybe one more big challenge in me to go again.
“If it wasn’t the right club I’m not sure I’d have taken that option. I spoke to one or two other clubs, but I knew the gaffer and we’ve been in contact socially since the Millwall days.
“It just so happened that this summer everything fell into place. The club got promoted and this challenge has excited me again, especially with this group of lads.”
Reid enjoyed four successful years in the Premier League at West Bromwich Albion, after joining in 2010.
And the versatile Londoner believes the Clarets have a similar pedigree and spirit that can see them emulate the Baggies as a former Championship club now established in the top flight.
He explained: “I was in the West Brom squad that got promoted and it’s very similar here.
“There are top quality players, but also a great spirit, togetherness and application. The fitness levels are obviously second to none, so everything is there to go on and have a good season.
“This challenge has excited me again, especially with this group of lads. All the new signings have fitted straight in and hopefully I can bring a little bit of experience to the dressing room that we might need at some stage this season.”
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