Thursday 22 March 2018

Forest boss keeps counsel on new Reid contract

Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies
Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

ANDY REID's future at Nottingham Forest is clouded in uncertainty after manager Billy Davies refused to answer questions on the Dubliner's contract situation in the aftermath of Tuesday's 2-2 draw with Millwall.

Reid produced another starring display at the Den, delivering a trademark goal from distance, before creating Forest's other goal from a corner.

Reid has hit the target six times this season and is considered a key player at the City Ground. However, his deal expires in the summer and Forest could be presented with offers in January unless they move quickly.

"Reidy showed a good captain's leadership, which is what he does. He is a very good player," said Davies, who then blanked direct queries on his contract.

The attacking midfielder started his career at Forest and has found a new lease of life in his second stint at the club. But the next contract will be crucial for the 31-year-old.

Reid has been watched in recent weeks by Roy Keane, with Noel King initially welcoming him back into the international scene after a five-year absence from Giovanni Trapattoni's plans.

He made a positive impression as a substitute in the defeat of Latvia, but missed the subsequent trip to Poland with an injury.



DUNDALK have moved closer to the capture of talented Cork attacker Daryl Horgan, but the deal could be held up by the complicated issue of compensation.

The highly rated 21-year-old has decided his future lies away from Leeside and, after pursuing options in England and attracting interest from Shamrock Rovers and Derry City, he has indicated to the Lilywhites that he would like to move to Oriel Park.

As he is under the age of 23 and spent two years as a professional with Cork, the rules stipulate that Dundalk must pay 100pc of the gross wages for the player in the last 12 months – which is believed to be €15,000-€20,000.

New Cork manager John Caulfield is planning without Horgan at the moment, and continued the process of assembling his squad for next season by securing the signature of midfielder Gearoid Morrissey.

Meanwhile, Derry City boss Roddy Collins has travelled to Scotland to hold talks with former Northern Ireland international Ivan Sproule. The 32-year-old is a free agent after parting company with Ross County.

Drogheda United have completed the signing of veteran striker Philip Hughes, who barely got a look-in with St Patrick's Athletic after joining from Shelbourne midway through last season.

Irish Independent

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