Ward training with Town

Former Republic of Ireland and Premier League player Stephen Ward is currently training with Town.

Ward, 34, is an experienced left-back who has made over 400 appearances for the likes of Wolves, Burnley and Stoke.

Ward, who has made 50 appearances for his country, is a free agent having left Stoke City at the end of 2019/20.

“Stephen is with us for a little while,” Town’s general manager football operations, Lee O’Neill, told the Club website.

“He’s training with us and will have a look at the Club and we will have a look at him. It’s no more than that at this stage.”  

A left-back is an area where Paul Lambert would look to address this summer, with Myles Kenlock the only natural senior player available to the Town boss.

A move for Luke Garbutt would now appear less likely, despite reports of Town offering the former loanee a deal, with Ward likely to demand much less wages than the former Everton man and Town now having to abide by the new salary cap regulations.

Signing Ward could prove a shrewd move by Lambert, despite arguably being a short-term fix. Ward has experience of playing at the highest level, with seven seasons experience of Premier League football, which could prove handy in a Town promotion push.

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