6 Aug 2010

Herbert helps Reid into Hammers

6:57 pm on 6 August 2010

The All Whites coach Ricki Herbert played his part in his new defender Winston Reid's move to the English Premier League football club West Ham United.

The 22-year-old Reid has completed his deal to join the famous old East End club after playing in Denmark.

A former Takapuna junior, he joins Ryan Nelsen of Blackburn Rovers and West Bromwich Albion's Chris Wood in the Premiership.

Reid, who scored a memorable last-minute equaliser for New Zealand at the World Cup against Slovakia, has signed a three-year deal with West Ham for an undisclosed fee.

And Herbert kept the Hammers boss Avram Grant informed of Reid's capabilities. The All Whites coach says he's had contact with Grant on a number of occasions over a move for Reid and he's delighted for his young charge.

Herbert says Reid's move to the Premier League's a flagship for New Zealand Football, and a great sign for all young aspiring players here.

Reid says it's been a mad couple of weeks and the last couple of days have been pretty hectic, so he's just happy to be in London now.

West Ham open the season against Aston Villa next week.