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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Reid won't rule out comeback

STEVEN REID says he has not ruled out the idea of coming out of international retirement to play for his country again.

The West Brom man announced earlier this year that he was quitting the Ireland squad, Reid winning his last cap in the World Cup qualifier away to Montenegro in 2008, but today the 29-year-old says he could be persuaded to return if he's needed.

"I have made the decision but I am not ruling it out for the future," he said.

"I haven't spoken to the manager since I made the decision but if there was a desperate need and a few injuries then who knows but until I get a phone call ...

"I made the decision for the right reasons, for the good of my body. I don't regret that for one minute.

"I am feeling good and I have been fit and available for every game. I feel within myself that I have made the right decision," he added.

Meanwhile, Andy Reid will consider a loan move away from Sunderland to gain regular first team football.

The 28-year-old has made just three sub appearances for the Black Cats this season after returning from injury and Reid says he may look for a move if he's not given more opportunities at the Stadium of Light.

"I'm disappointed I've not played more since I've come back," he says.

"I feel that no matter where I go, if I'm given a chance in the first team, like I was last year, then I don't think anyone would get me out of the team.

"But that's easy for me to say and I don't blame the manager. The team are doing well and I'm delighted but if you look at it from a selfish perspective you want to be part of it.

"With me not starting games, I don't feel part of it. I need to play first-team games. If I don't get a chance then maybe I need to get out and get some games in. That means possibly a loan."

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