Andy Reid yesterday signed for Forest on a two-year deal, in a move that sees him return to the club six and a half years after leaving. In that time he has played for Tottenham, Charlton and Sunderland, with short spells at Sheffield United and Blackpool last term. All but eighteen months of his career since leaving Forest have been played in the Premier League.
The man himself says that Steve McClaren was a key factor in obtaining his signature:
“…In football you can’t just make decisions based on sentiment so I met with the manager and had a good chat with him. As soon as I walked out of his office I knew that I wanted to play for him.”
McClaren shares in the mutual admiration:
“He doesn’t just want to come and play – he wants to build something and achieve something. The motivation is there.”
In the meantime, Paul McKenna has, as expected, joined Dele Adebola at Hull City. Many fans doubt his effectiveness, and it is true that he increasingly struggled to keep up, fitness-wise. However, I do not think that his contribution to the Forest cause over the last two seasons can be underestimated; one of the things we were all crying out for under Calderwood was a leader, someone who could take the game by the scruff of the neck, and Kenna fitted the bill perfectly. I also think that players like Lewis, Moose and particularly Chris Cohen have matured for having played alongside him. Good luck for the future Paul, I wish you well.
Of course, this leaves a vacancy for the club captaincy, and while I won’t get into a big debate about it now, the front-runners are clearly Lee Camp (thrives on responsibility, current vice-captain, but maybe hampered by being in net) and Luke Chambers (player of the season, the most vocal outfield player, was skipper at Northampton); but I reckon Reidy could be a dark horse (fits the bill of being “experienced” and was club captain at Charlton).
No confirmed news as yet about Giles Barnes, but BBC Scotland report that Forest have entered with negotiations with Hibernian about a possible return to Trentside for Colin Calderwood. Watch this space.