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Reid: all i want to do is play football

NEW CLUB, new home, new manager -- and a new vocabulary -- for Andy Reid as he's praying that a move to the seaside with Blackpool FC can turn the tide on his career and show that, at 28, he's anything but washed up.

Football people have thrown some very, very strange phrases into our lexicon in the last while, from Graeme Souness (tappy-tappy), Giovanni Trapattoni (tuka-tuka) and Andy Gray (female lino).

So when Ian Holloway described his new signing, Irish international Reid, as "A dinky-do footballer or what have you" no one really knew what he meant.

Especially when Holloway expanded on that thought by comparing transfer deadline day to his grocery shopping.

"Everyone wants a bag of carrots, and they might be a bag of carrots, if you know what I mean. So we've managed to grab one, thanks Andy, that'll do," added Holloway.

In the dark? So is Reid.


"I've been asked a dozen times now what dinky-do means and I can only assume it means that I'm absolutely brilliant," Reid laughs, the 28-year-old settling in at Blackpool following his deadline-day move from Sunderland on a deal which sees him finish the season at Bloomfield Road.

"I honestly haven't a clue, it's just one of those quotes that the manager comes out with."

Joking aside, Reid is delighted to be a Blackpool player preparing for tonight's Premier League game with West Ham United, a night when Reid and Robbie Keane are expected to make their debuts for their new clubs.

"I just want to play again. I have the bit between my teeth and all I want to do is play. I'm forgetting about contracts, about what happens next season. All I want to do is get out on a pitch, get the ball at my feet and play for 90 minutes," said Reid. "There were other offers there apart from Blackpool, offers of longer contracts and more security, but the move just felt right football-wise. And I feel that at the end of the season the move will be vindicated.

"The move couldn't have worked out better: a chance to play Premier League football until the end of the season, and I'll take stock after that.

"It's a case of getting some Premier League games under my belt in a good footballing side. Everything else will look after itself.

"I wanted the move to be right for me, I wanted to just enjoy my football. I have only been at Blackpool for a couple of days but I know already that I will really enjoy it here," he added.

The transfer has necessitated another move for Reid, who already had a spell away from his Sunderland base this season when he was on loan to Sheffield United. For now, home is a hotel but tomorrow is a day off so he has already planned to look at some houses so he can secure a better place to stay. But already, the move to a humble Blackpool has reminded Reid of his early days at Nottingham Forest, when the thrill of playing first team football and scoring goals could override the bling and the fuss.

"It's back to basics really, all of the superfluous stuff is stripped away and it's just about the football here, that's exactly what I needed," Reid says.

"The players here wash their own kit, no one is cosseted. The training ground is by no means great, but the squad are a great bunch of lads and the manager has been just brilliant with me. The superficial side of football, for me, has been totally stripped down.

"Holloway is a great manager and a good lad. He just says what he thinks, he's straight up. You can get so many managers at so many clubs who only say things to keep you happy but you know it's not the truth. With Holloway, he tells you how it is and that's all I ask from a manager."

Reid is aiming to prove to others what he believes, that far from being on a downward spiral, the best days are ahead.

"I have a lot left in me. I'm only 28 and I think the best years of my career are ahead of me," he says.

"I have been unfortunate with injury over the last year or so, that's something you can't legislate for, it's just the way it goes. I just want the chance to play and once I get that, I know I will produce."