Ipswich Town have announced that former Stoke City defender Stephen Ward is training with the club.
Ward has been a free-agent since his deal with Stoke reached a conclusion at the end of the 2019/20 season, and he’ll be hoping he can make a good impression with Ipswich.
Ward struggled for consistent game time with the Potters in the Championship last term, as he made 17 appearances in all competitions.
It was a season to forget for Michael O’Neill’s side, as they finished 15th in the second-tier standings, much to the frustration of the club’s supporters.
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A move to Ipswich could be tempting for Ward though, with Paul Lambert’s side likely to be challenging for promotion into the Championship themselves next season.
The Tractor Boys finished 11th in the League One table last season, after the league campaign was concluded on a PPG (points per game) basis.
Plenty of Ipswich Town supporters took to social media to issue their thoughts on the news that Ward is training with the club.
Take a look at the best of the reaction from Twitter below….
a past his best defender. will fit right in.
— nath (@itfcnath) August 10, 2020
Building for the future 🙌
— Richard 'Cruncher' Moss (@TheCruncher76) August 10, 2020
Please just sign a player that’s under 30
— Josè (@KingThijssen) August 10, 2020
Bring him in for lb with Garbutt also in as a winger, then fine. On his own/instead of Garbutt, then no thanks
— Mar©️ (@CmarkItf) August 10, 2020
Decent and much needed experience for our back line would take a punt if garbutt doesn't work
— Brian Curle (@legendbri) August 10, 2020
Please no, maybe he is just helping with training or something like that….
— Tom (@ThomasC1987) August 10, 2020
The mans 34
— Harry Burgess (@harryburgess07) August 10, 2020
Prepping for life after garbutt
— Ryan (@ryan0g1) August 10, 2020
More Deadwood !! #Jewel
— Brian Wren (@BrianWren) August 10, 2020
Keogh – 33, Graham – 34, Ward – 34. Is this what a salary cap is going to look like at Town?
— Kevin Huckfield (@KevinHuckfield) August 10, 2020