Nottingham Forest first-team coach Brian Eastick has revealed that he had doubts over Andy Reid when he arrived at the club.
Eastick, who joined as part of Stuart Pearce's backroom staff, felt that Reid may have been over-the-hill and questioned whether he had much to offer.
However, he has already been won over by the attacking midfielder and now is convinced that the 32-year-old still has plenty left to offer the side.
"I had never worked with Andy until I came here in the summer and I will be perfectly honest. I looked at his age, at his appearances last season and I wondered whether he would be able to cover the grass still or not," Eastick told the Nottingham Post.
"Now I have looked at the stats for the games he has played this season and I have seen him in action.
"He has covered as much ground as anyone in midfield. The distance he has covered has been fantastic. He has plenty of years left in the tank yet, without question."
Forest have sorely missed Reid, as he has been out injured for a considerable period of time.
The former Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland midfielder brings creativity to the side when he is in the team and they have missed his class in his absence.
Forest have failed to win any of their last nine fixtures in all competitions and they have had to act to bring in creativity because of Reid's prolonged spell on the sidelines.
Tom Ince was brought in from Hull City last week to cover for Reid's absence and he performs an important role for the side as a result.
Ince is unquestionably a talent, but filling in for the Irishman brings a big amount of pressure with it and he will have to show that he can cope with it.
Reid last appeared for Forest back in September, but the club are confident that his return is not too far away.