Rotherham United manager Paul Warne has today revealed that he has been in contact with Grant Ward over a potential return to the New York Stadium.
Although a deal for Ward to return to The Millers on a free transfer looks unlikely at this stage, Warne would like the club to strike a deal.
He told the Rotherham Advertiser: ”I did speak to Wardy a few weeks ago, just touching base with to see where he’s at.
”If he does reach out to me – because I don’t want to hassle him like a stalker – and say he’d consider coming here or wants to have a chat, I’d definitely meet him, 100%.”
Ward signed for Rotherham on loan from Tottenham Hotspur for the 2015/16 season, he played 40 games in his time at the club, before joining Ipswich Town following the expiry of his contract at Spurs.
The winger suffered a long-term injury on Boxing Day 2018 and was released by Ipswich at the end of last season. The 24-year-old is still going through the final stages of rehabilitation, before he looks to sign for a new club.
I think it would be a great move for both parties if Ward was to return to Rotherham. The attacker has spent previous years at clubs on loan, without ever finding a real ‘home’ that he can build his career at.
The Rotherham fans really took to Ward’s playing style and positive attitude, in turn, Ward played some of his best football at Rotherham. Warne could do with a tricky, quick winger and Ward could take League One by storm.
After a slow start to their campaign, Rotherham are starting to find their feet and have won their last three matches. One man that is in form is striker Michael Smith. The physical forward has netted three times in his last three matches, he is someone that would thrive on playing with a winger like Ward.
Often players return to former clubs as a desperation move, but this one makes sense. Ward is more than good enough for League One, and after a long-term injury, this presents an opportunity for him to resurrect his career.
At Ipswich, Ward scored six goals in their 2016/17 season and was one of their best players that season in the Championship. Rotherham have a talented, young side that Ward would fit in well with.
It’s certainly an ambitious move from Rotherham, Ward would usually sign for a Championship club. However, that previous good connection with The Millers might persuade him into going back for a second spell.