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The Forest boss believes that the Irish international has been in top form this season and suggested that he would be an ideal captain considering his personal nature

Nottingham Forest manager Sean O'Driscoll has hailed the positive influence of midfielder Andy Reid after his pivotal contribution to the club's 2-0 victory over Burnley on Saturday December 8.

After spells with Tottenham Hostpur, Charlton and Sunderland, the 30-year-old attacking midfielder re-joined the club where he began his professional career in 2011 and has been a regular fixture for the Championship side this season, contributing three goals in 20 league appearances.

And Forest boss O'Driscoll believes that the Republic of Ireland international is 'captain material' considering his nature both on and off the pitch.

"He has been terrific all season," he said. "Andy is a difficult player to pin down because he doesn’t play really as a wide man and he’s not really a central midfielder.

"As people get older, they get more mature. He has not had a bad career, that's for sure," added O'Driscoll. "But he still wants to achieve something at Forest. He lost a lot of weight in the summer. He trains really well."

He continued: "When he wasn't in the team last season, I still always thought to myself that he was one of the better players. It was just a case of trying to get him into the team."

"He is reliable, he is a good bloke in the dressing-room and he always has an opinion. You can talk to him. He is captain material," added the Forest boss.

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