STEVEN REID has signalled his intention to carry on playing at the highest level for a number of years as he prepares to celebrate his 30th birthday, writes Aidan Fitzmaurice.
Former Ireland international Reid helped West Brom win promotion to the Premier League last season and he made his 20th appearance of the season in Saturday's 3-1 win over struggling Birmingham City.
After that win more celebrations are on the way as Reid turns 30 on Thursday, a milestone for the player who was almost forced to quit the game with a serious knee injury.
"I've managed to claw myself to 30 which is great for me," he said.
"It's a landmark, if you like, getting to 30 and still playing in the Premier League, so I'm obviously proud of that.
"I hope I've got another couple of years left at that level too -- and hopefully with West Brom.
"Getting to 30, I've had a couple of serious injuries over the past few years so I've got to be extra careful how I'm living day-to-day and make sure I'm right for the weekends.
"First and foremost my aim is to stay fit for the rest of the season and we'll take it from there," added Reid, who made his debut with Millwall back in 1998.
"To be honest I feel like I've been playing for longer than I have," he said.