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Good luck Wardy.
"He shot, he scored it must be (Peter) Stephen Ward, Stephen Ward, Stephen Ward!"
The 28 year old, who was earning 13,000 Reebok Fury
245 appearances for Wolves since signing from Bohemians for 100,000 in January 2007. He helped the club to the play offs in 2006 07 then to the Championship title in 2008 09 and played three seasons in the Premier League.
After our demise over the past couple or so seasons, it is better for Ward that he takes up a fresh challenge. He and those others who bear the scars of two relegations need to move on for their sakes as well as ours. We are rebuilding and we need the fresh faces we are seeing. There is an air of expectancy among the fans that has been missing for a long time. In the past, I was one of those who called for a left back to be brought in to challenge Ward and Elokobi but I never doubted Ward commitment. When Saucony Dirty Snow Grid 8000 I was a STH I was able to see for myself on a regular basis his 100% effort and I appreciated that he gave his all to the cause. I prefer not to lump him in with RJ and JO he was part of our earlier successes and a good servant. I wish him well at Brighton he must be relieved to be moving on and although his time with us has ended in an unfortunate fashion, it is in everyone best interests that he tries his luck elsewhere. But thanks for those earlier good times in which you played your part, and good luck.
Seagulls fans used to have a chant years ago. perhaps it be revisited this season?
"If you take the 20 players in the first team group, there will be a lot of them who were last year's under 21s, so there is space to be taken up."
Clearly his time is at and end at Molineux, even though I think he could have still served us well during this transition period. I for one Saucony Trainers Mens
On the plus side, Brighton is my team (my father grew up in Seaford supporting them) and I expect him to fit in very well down there on the South coast. I off to the Amex next Saturday to coincide with a family visit, so I give him the backing so many of our fans have outright refused to do seemingly ever since his arrival at Molineux.
I wholeheartedly agree with you Sheila. He never ever shirked a challenge, gave everything he possibly could and scored some vital goals (Liverpool away anyone?) during his time at Wolves, and it a shame his Wolves career is coming to an end in such fashion.
Ward replaces Wayne Bridge at the AMEX Stadium after the Manchester City full back signed for Reading on a permanent basis this summer following a season long loan at Brighton.
I wish him all the best. Brighton have a large fan base, a really nice stadium and I feel that with them Ward has a lot more chance of seeing the Premier League again, which is more than what we will have if we continue like this.
The Ward story also throws the MM problem into sharp relief: the guy was great at making a silk purse out of a sow ear at Championship level, but has never grasped the essentials of life in the top flight. Effort, commitment and attitude just aren enough to sustain Premiership survival. Relying too much on players like Ward leaves a quality shortfall that will eventually lead to disaster.
Stephen Ward joins Brighton on season
wish him and his family well for the future.
I wonder how many of those who are moaning were at the game last week?
Whatever peoples view of Stephen Ward is, there one thing that can be denied. Throughout his period at Wolves he always conducted himself with dignity, and all due respect to the club and to the supporters.
The second of the four transfer listed players to leave after Karl Henry, Ward becomes the 14th signed player to leave Wolves since the end of last season, and 17th in all if departed loans are included.
True, but MM moved him to left back, he even played internationally in the full back position. He wasn a favourite of mine, but like Doyle you couldn fault his work rate or commitment. If he was guilty of anything (off the field), he like many of the other senior Pro was prone to talking things up in the E S. We haven heard a murmur from him since last season, and he certainly hasn moaned about being exiled from the first team squad. Good luck to you Wardy, best of luck at Brighton, and I hope they make the move permanent for you.
Agreed. Interesting though that he is on 13k a week as one of the "senior group". As a percentage of turnover we had the 2nd lowest in the Prem (Man U have the lowest due to their enormous turnover). MM got slated as being out of his depth, not a Prem mgr etc etc. Maybe he was limited by the wages he could pay? We TC and Saunders "the right man for the job" because Steve Bruce and Owen Coyle wouldn work for peanuts?
Thanks for your service and good luck.
The Ward saga has been a strange one, it really has. I think he may have had a bit of an attitude problem after MM departure, mainly as a result of no longer being the first or second name to go on the team sheet. With that and being played out of position, last season performances were poor at a point in his career when he should have been demonstrating leadership.
Meanwhile,head coach Kenny Jackett today stressed Barcelona 'B' midfielder Albert Torras, 17, remains on trial.
However, he was supposedly a striker but he never hardly scored. We know this and although he did 100% in games I remember him backing off tackling and just kept back peddling until he was nearly in Waterloo road!
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Absolutely on the money. There none so blind as those who cannot see. A quality player in many ways, at least Brighton think so and let remember this is the team that took us apart during the last game in May and remain in the Championship.
"There are three trialists one lad from Barcelona (Torras) and two Portuguese lads," said Jackett. "They are below the first team and looking to come into the under 21 group.
A true professional exemplified during a match a few years ago with Arsenal, when Fabregas made a late and dangerous tackle which left him with a rather nasty gash down his shin. It was reported later that Fabregas (to his credit), went into the Wolves dressing room and apologised to Ward, which was accepted. No histrionics, no verbal abusive remarks or talk of revenge, just a quick handshake and that was the end of the matter.
As a result of all this and overpaying him based on MM estimate of his value, we are now losing a good utility player who might have given the squad the benefit of his experience and a bit of depth during a long and challenging season. If he was really worth that sort of money then we should have sold him and brought in a specialist Left Back of appropriate experience and ability.
He will make his debut at Birmingham tomorrow.
The Ireland international left back has signed for the Championship side on a season long loan with a view to a permanent move.
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