Friday 30 September 2016

'It started to take its toll on me, in my head as well as on my body' - Andy Reid retires from football

Published 29/07/2016 | 08:14

Andy Reid in action for Ireland
Andy Reid in action for Ireland

Former Ireland international Andy Reid has retired from football after failing to recover from long-term injury problems.

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The talented midfielder, who is 34 today, insisted he has no regrets after deciding to end his career with Nottingham Forest.

"I have no regrets and I know I did positive things for every team I played for," said Reid, in quotes reported by the Nottingham Post.

"I'm just really, really disappointed that I couldn't finish on a high, maybe with a promotion for Forest. There isn't always a happy ending though.

"I think my fairytale in football is the fact that I've had a long and, in my opinion, good, career. I'm very, very grateful for that. I've had some wonderful experiences, played in some big games, for some big clubs, and I've enjoyed every minute of it."

Reid played 29 times for his country scoring four goals, and despite his undoubted talent, injuries have plagued him throughout his career.

"The most frustrating thing about it was, throughout the whole period, I could get back to around 60 or 70 percent, I could do a full rehab programme, a mini pre-season, and then the last bit: the explosiveness, the sharpness, kicking the ball and the instinctive things that you need to be able to do in football, the things my game was all about – that's when I'd break down," he said.

"It got to the stage where I'd had that many false dawns, that it started to take its toll on me, in my head as well as on my body. The hard thing was making the actual conscious decision, but towards the end of last season I knew that was it."

Reid's announcement come a day after Shay Given called time on his international career.

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