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Andy Reid makes statement on playing career after taking up Nottingham Forest coaching role

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The 33-year-old insists he is happy to help out in any way he can despite still aiming to make a long-awaited comeback from injury.

Nottingham Forest midfielder Andy Reid has insisted to the club's website that he is still targeting a return on the pitch, but admitted he is happy to help the club in any way he can after being handed coaching role.

The 33-year-old, who has not played since September 2014 due to injury, has agreed to assist coach Paul Williams with his duties following the sacking of manager Dougie Freedman.

The Irishman is still undergoing rehabilitation to overcome a groin injury suffered 19 months ago after needing an operation following a setback to his initial problem.

Reid insists he is not yet willing to give up on a return to his playing career, but said he was happy to be given the opportunity to help out at the club in a different role.

He told the club's website: "I got a call last night to ask if I’d help Paul out, which I’m more than happy to do. It’s a lovely honour to have been asked to do that and it was nice to be out on the training pitch today, albeit in a coaching role.

"I’m doing my coaching badges – I’m not far off completing my A Licence – so it’s definitely a road I want to go down, although it’s not something I was expecting to find myself in so quickly, but football doesn’t always go how you expect it to.

"It’s about being able to adapt and all I want to do is help out in any capacity I can. I’m going to be coupling this with my rehab – I had my operation four weeks ago – and I’m still trying to get back, although I can’t put any dates on it at the moment."

Despite being born and raised in Dublin, Reid has a longstanding affiliation with the Forest since joining their academy as a 16-year-old in 1998.

After playing 160 times as a youngster for the East Midlands club before leaving for Tottenham Hotspur in 2004, Reid returned to the City Ground in 2011 and was a key player for the side before suffering his injury.

The experienced midfielder has added another 130 appearances to his Forest tally, and enjoyed his most successful season to date since his return in his last full campaign in 2013-14, scoring 10 goals in 36 matches.

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