Clarets midfielder Reid announces retirement

Retiring: Steven Reid
Retiring: Steven Reid
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Burnley midfielder Steven Reid has announced his intention to retire at the end of the current Premier League season.

The former Republic of Ireland international has made just shy of 400 club appearances in a 17-year career that also saw him earn 23 international caps for the Republic of Ireland, including two appearances at the 2002 World Cup.

In a statement, Reid confirmed: “It is with a heavy heart that I announce my retirement from professional football at the end of the 2014/15 season.

“The last 17 years have been incredible and I have been fortunate to have played for some great clubs at Millwall, Blackburn Rovers, West Bromwich Albion and Burnley, as well as representing Ireland and playing at the World Cup.

“Alongside the great memories there have also been the many lows of my well-documented injuries and I feel the time has now come to listen to my body.

“I’m excited about new challenges ahead. I’m working towards my ‘A’ licence and look forward to pursuing a career in coaching, alongside continuing the media work I’ve enjoyed this season.

“I would like to thank everybody that has been a part of the journey: My family, especially, but also the fans, players, staff, managers and friends that have made it a truly wonderful 17 years.”

Reid, who signed a one-year deal at Turf Moor last summer, made seven appearances in his farewell campaign.

Everyone at Burnley Football Club would like to wish Steven every success in his future career.