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Tuesday 12 December 2017

West Brom loan gives Reid Ireland hope

STEVEN REID says he hasn't given up on his Ireland dream and hopes that some good form on loan to West Brom could win him back a place in the national squad.

The 29-year-old has been struggling with injury all season and last week Blackburn allowed Reid to join the Baggies on a month's loan, and the midfielder made his debut in Saturday's 3-1 defeat by QPR.

The loan deal is an important move for Reid as he is out of contract with Blackburn in the summer and, having started just five Premier League games in the past two seasons for Rovers, he needs to prove his fitness if he is to win another contract.

His future with Ireland is also in doubt as Reid has missed the past 15 internationals -- something the player is well aware of.

"I was obviously disappointed to miss out on the Ireland squad last week against Brazil because it was a game it would have been nice to be involved in," he said.

"But the important thing for me now is to play games at club level and this is a great opportunity for me to get out on loan, especially to a club like West Brom in the position they're in in the league.



chill-out

"It's a great incentive for me. If I can play well for my club, which is West Brom now, there's no reason why I can't get back on the international scene.

"My contract at Blackburn is up in June so this isn't just a chill-out.

"I have a lot to prove, to a lot of people and to myself, that I can get back to my best," added Reid, set to make his home debut for the Baggies against Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow.

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