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Millwall legend Steven Reid retires

18 May 2015

Former Lions favourite hangs up his boots following a glorious career

Former Millwall favourite Steven Reid has today confirmed that he will bring down the curtain on a sparkling 17-year career at the end of the current season.

The 34-year-old is currently with Burnley, but kicked off his career with The Lions as a youngster.

Reidy graduated through the youth set-up at The Den and was a revelation in his first season after then manager Billy Bonds handed him his Football League debut in the last match of the 1997/8 campaign alongside a certain Tim Cahill, also making his first ever start.

Steven was an absolute revelation in his first full season and did not look out of place as he went on to prove invaluable to the team over the following six years whether operating at right-back, in the centre of midfield or marauding down the wing.

His enormous energy, eye for a killer pass and thunderous shot saw him quickly establish himself as a firm favourite with The Den faithful and earned honours at international level too, winning 23 caps for the Republic of Ireland, featuring in the 2002 World Cup whilst a Lion.

Reidy moved on to Blackburn in the summer of 2003 after making 167 appearances for The Lions and scoring 19 goals - most of which were long-range belters! He has enjoyed further spells at QPR, West Brom and most recently at Turf Moor, managed by his former Den team-mate Sean Dyche.

"It is with a heavy heart that I announce my retirement from professional football at the end of the 2014-15 season,” he said in a statement on the Clarets website.

"The last 17 years have been incredible and I have been fortunate to have played for some great clubs at Millwall, Blackburn, West Brom and Burnley, as well as representing Ireland and playing at the World Cup.

"Alongside the great memories there have also been the many lows of my well-documented injuries and I feel the time has now come to listen to my body.

"I'm excited about new challenges ahead. I'm working towards my A-licence and look forward to pursuing a career in coaching, alongside continuing the media work I've enjoyed this season.

Everyone at Millwall FC would like to wish Reidy and his family all the very best as he embarks on a new chapter in his career.

"I would like to thank everybody that has been part of the journey: my family, especially, but also the fans, players, staff, managers and friends that have made it a truly wonderful 17 years."

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