ANDY REID (pictured, above) says he is reaping the rewards for putting in some hard work on the training ground in pre-season, writes Aidan Fitzmaurice.
The 32-year-old had injury problems last season and missed the crucial final three months of the season with Nottingham Forest after he had to undergo surgery on a hernia problem, his absence keenly felt by the club as their promotion bid tailed off without their leading scorer.
But Reid was in superb form as Forest kicked off the new season with a clinical win over strugglers Blackpool on Saturday.
"I had a good pre-season, I haven't changed too much. I have been doing some strength work, to try to overcome a few injuries I had last season," said Reid.
"I have been working on my core strength and different areas to take pressure off my groin, having had a hernia operation last season and also a hamstring problem. We feel we could have been in the promotion mix-up last season, with a little bit of extra luck with injuries.
"We are confident that, if we can get everyone fit and enjoy the luck that we did not get last year, we can get promoted.
"There is no doubt about it, that has to be the aim and the ambition for a club of this size.
"If you can't handle that pressure, then you shouldn't be here," added Reid, who also hopes to get back into the Irish squad having missed the last six internationals.