NOTTINGHAM Forest hope that the return of Ireland star Andy Reid can give their promotion bid a lift.
Reid, 31, had been sidelined with a hernia injury which threatened to end his season but he made a rapid recovery and made an instant impact on his return, coming off the bench to set up an equalising goal in a draw away to Middlesbrough.
"Reidy worked extremely hard, he had his operation and worked hard to get back to fitness," said David Kelly, Forest's assistant manager.
"The plan was to give him a little bit of football and then to perhaps get him back in at the weekend.
"We have missed him, most teams in the Championship would love to have him in their team."
The injury forced Reid to miss the international against Serbia last week but he should return to Ireland duty for the May friendlies against Turkey and Italy.
ANDREWS: WE NEED TO GO UP
KEITH ANDREWS has called on his Brighton team-mates to make sure that this season ends with promotion to the Premier League for the Seagulls.
Andrews is currently on loan to Brighton from Bolton and is unsure of his future but he is keen to see Brighton get back into the top flight.
"There's no certainties that a lot of us are going to be here next year. But to get a promotion on your CV is something you don't often get in your career," said Andrews, who has to miss Brighton's game against Bolton on Saturday due to the terms of his loan deal.
DROGHEDA United boss Robbie Horgan says he is delighted to have secured the signature of former St Patrick's Athletic man Stephen Maher.
The 26-year-old, who previously played for Shamrock Rovers, Dundalk and Monaghan United, was part of the league-winning squad at St Pats last season but Maher missed a large part of the campaign with a broken leg. Now back to full fitness, he has opted to hook up with Horgan at Drogheda.
LONG-SERVING defender Danny Murphy has left Cork City after he today severed his ties with the club.
The London native joined Cork in 2004 and apart from spells with Motherwell and Shamrock Rovers he spent most of his career at Turner's Cross, winning a league title and a Setanta Cup.