Sean Dyche has hailed Steven Reid as a ‘fantastic professional’ ahead of his final career appearance at Aston Villa.
Reid, 34, chose to call time on a fantastic 17 years in football earlier this week, 12 of which have been spent in the Premier League.
And former teammate turned manager Dyche reserved praise for the former Republic of Ireland international, who is likely to play some part this weekend at Villa Park.
Dyche said: “Reidy has been a fantastic servant to a few different clubs over the years and he’s someone I personally class as a good friend as well as a fantastic professional.
“He’s done exactly what I brought him here to do because he knew the game time would be minimal compared to previous seasons.
“But I wanted him to be around the group and show the true professional that he is and he has done that during the campaign.”
While Reid will be not be helping the Clarets mount a title assault next season, talks about the future of long-serving defender Michael Duff are ongoing.
And Dyche has confirmed that the 37-year-old wants to carry on playing next season.
He said: “We’ll be speaking to Michael over the summer and he has made it clear he wants to continue playing.
“We spoke about where we felt he was at and he has done terrifically well this season. He’ll be an ongoing part of what we do should something be agreed.