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Steven Reid, who ended his playing career at Burnley eight years ago, has today returned to Nottingham Forest just days short of a year since he left to take up a coaching role helping young players who, like himself, had suffered with mental health and confidence issues.

He left Forest just as they’d won promotion to the Premier League and admitted he couldn’t finished on a bigger high while manager Steve Cooper said at the time: “I’m obviously disappointed that Steven will be departing, as not only was he an integral part of our coaching team, but he was also a brilliant guy to have around on a day-today basis.”

Today, with his return, Cooper said: “I’m delighted that Reidy is returning to the club. He had a massive impact in our Championship promotion winning season, but he also has experience of working and playing in the Premier League and knows what it demands. He understands the way we work and the culture we like to live at both the training ground and the City Ground, and I’m really pleased that he is coming back to help us continue to grow that.”

Reid is returning as first team coach, the role he held for two years prior to leaving, added: “I am absolutely delighted to return to Nottingham Forest. It is a club that has stayed close to my heart for many reasons, firstly because of the amazing journey to promotion, but also because of the support I felt from within the club and the amazing fanbase when stepping away from football to do some work around mental health and well-being. I have remained close to Steve and many of the coaching staff and players and cannot wait to get going again.”

Sent off against us playing for Millwall in 2001, Reid was with Burnley for the 2014/15 season of his playing career, arriving from West Brom, against whom he made his only league start for us. He retired at the end of that season having added six Premier League and one League Cup substitute appearances to that one start.

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