Following on from the signing of Matty Taylor last week, Sean Dyche has added further experience to his squad with the signing of former Republic of Ireland international Steven Reid.
The 33-year-old has spent the majority of his career in the top flight and was released by West Brom last season after a four-year spell at The Hawthorns. The versatile player has had his injuries problems in the past but adding someone with his experience to the Burnley squad is a shrewd move by Dyche.
Reid and Dyche played alongside each other over a decade ago at Millwall and the two are now reunited as Burnley set about staving off relegation in their first season back in the Premier League since 2010.
Reid becomes the club's fifth signing of the summer following Matt Gilks, Michael Kightly, Marvin Sordell and Matty Taylor. Four of the five players have previous top-flight experience and clearly that is something which Dyche feels is important for his squad.
Burnley fans will surely look past the fact that Reid used to play for their East Lancashire rivals, as on a free transfer it is a great deal for the club. Reid played for Blackburn Rovers from 2003-2009 and the 33-year-old had been considering going into a coaching role following the expiration of his contract at West Brom.
Speaking to the website manager Sean Dyche was delighted to bring Reid in.
“Steven is a very strong minded professional and he has had years in the Premier League so he has that bit of experience and know how.
“I know him personally from his younger days at Millwall and he was a very solid pro then and he still is now, perhaps a more rounded version of what he was then.
“Along with Matty Taylor we want that experience in the building as well as the vibrancy in the team.