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I’ve got plenty to offer, insists Burnley new boy Reid
STEVEN Reid has described his move to Burnley as “the right challenge, the right club and the right manager.”
The former Republic of Ireland international has been reunited with his old Millwall team-mate Sean Dyche at Turf Moor after four years with West Brom.
And after helping to establish the Baggies in the Premier League following their last promotion in 2010, Reid is hoping to have the same influence at Turf Moor.
“The manager wouldn’t have signed me if he didn’t feel I could still do a job on the pitch, so that’s the main thing,” said the versatile right back, who penned a one-year deal yesterday after talks last week.
But despite clocking up a decade in the top flight, six of those seasons with rivals Blackburn Rovers, the 33-year-old knows his first team place is not guaranteed.
“It’s up to me to try to do the business in pre-season.
“The lads that have got the team promoted have done superbly and it’s my job to try to find a way in,” he added.
“I’ve got to be realistic myself and where I’m at in my career and know that I’m not going to play 38 league games next season.
“But as and when the manager needs me and whatever position he sees fit hopefully I’ll be ready to do the job.”
And Reid admitted Dyche was a big factor in his decision to prolong his playing career, after looking into the option to start coaching.
“I did part one of the A licence in the summer, so it’s an avenue that I’m maybe going to look to go down, but playing the amount of Premier League games (16) I did last season I just felt there’s another season in me,” he said.
“To be honest it had to be the right challenge, the right club and the right manager as well and luckily for me it all came together and I’m delighted to sign.
“There wouldn’t have been too many who could have persuaded me to sign a deal, and the manager’s done that here.
“We’d been in contact after I was let go by West Brom but it only started to heat up a little bit over the last couple of weeks.
“I came in last week to have a little look around and have a chat with the manager and a few of the staff and it just went from there.
“I’ve always been in touch with the gaffer for years. We obviously played together at Millwall and he’s been an influence on my career with guidance and advice on and off the pitch.
“There were a couple of clubs interested but as soon as the contract was offered to sign there wasn’t a question in my mind to do it.”
While Reid and the Burnley boss go back many years, early impressions of the Clarets have been positive for Reid, and he believes they are well equipped for another tilt at the top flight.
“It’s a team that can go into the Premier League with no fear, just give it a right go,” he said.
“We’ve seen that the last few years with teams that have got promoted are going to the bigger grounds and getting results, there’s no reason why we can’t do the same this year.”
Meanwhile, Burnley are expected to complete a new deal for young right back Luke O’Neill this week.
The Clarets have a 12-month option on signing the 22-year-old who joined Burnley on an initial two-year deal which expired at the end of last season.