It has been a long time since West Ham United fans have heard anything from cult hero Winston Reid.
Reid is a man who will forever hold a place in the hearts of West Ham fans.
A fine defender when fit and in form. And a name written into West Ham folklore too.
Famous goals against Millwall and that winner in the thrilling 3-2 victory over Manchester United on Upton Park’s unforgettable farewell saw to that.
Winston Reid, a name etched in West Ham folklore
The wisdom of handing Reid a six-year deal back August 2017 has to be called into question. Especially for a player that had already proved injury prone.
Remarkably that deal still has two and a half years to run and West Ham are committed to another £8million plus in wages for Reid between now and then (SPOTRAC).
It is approaching the three-year anniversary of Reid’s last competitive game for West Ham.
His Hammers career effectively ended when he suffered a serious knee and back injury against Swansea that fateful day.
Hammers counting the cost of decision to hand Reid a bumper six-year deal that still has two and a half to run
The Kiwi defender was sent on loan to Sporting Kansas in MLS where things started to look up.
So much so some wondered whether he would return to the fold and be considered for the first team by West Ham boss David Moyes.
That was never on the cards, though, and Reid completed something of a surprise loan move to Championship promotion hopefuls Brentford on deadline day.
West Ham fans could not hide their delight for their former skipper.
A good move for a good guy who has had a tough time.
And now Reid has broken his long silence, telling Brentford’s website he felt re-energised by leaving West Ham.
Cult hero breaks long silence after sealing surprise move to Brentford
“Listen I’m really happy to be here, it’s just nice to come out here and be involved in a new environment and I’m just looking forward to it really,” Reid told Brentford’s website.
“I’ll come here, be a part of it, help out where I can and hopefully help to get the club promoted.
“Obviously the injury that I had took a lot longer time than both myself and the club (West Ham) would have wanted, but that’s part of life and you move forward and I’m happy to be here and just looking forward to it really.
“It’s going to be nice to come back here (England) and play. Obviously I had to go away for the last year. I enjoyed my time in America, it was with a really good group and club there. I came back and felt re-energised and I’m just looking forward to it.”