Burnley defender Steven Reid announces retirement

Burnley midfielder Steven Reid

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Burnley defender Steven Reid has announced that he will end his 17-year career following the club’s final game of the season this weekend.

The 34-year-old started his career in 1998 with Millwall and played 139 games for the London outfit.

He made his name at Blackburn Rovers, making 113 appearances for the Premier League outfit, before eventually falling out of favour at Ewood Park and joined QPR and West Brom on loan.

Reid then joined the Baggies on a permanent deal before moving to Turf Moor in the summer. Burnley boss Sean Dyche was only able to select Reid on six occasions this season due to a number of injuries.

Burnley have already been relegated to the Championship and Reid has made the decision to hang up his boots after making 400 club appearances and winning 23 caps for the Republic of Ireland.

He told the Burnley official website: “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.”

Dyche’s side will travel to Villa Park for the final game of the season, with the Clarets currently priced at 3.60 to win. The draw is on offer at 3.40, while Tim Sherwood’s side are installed as the 2.00 favourites.

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