21:00 15th August 2014
Long-serving defender moves on
Stephen Ward’s seven-and-a-half-year stay at Wolves has come to an end after the defender completed a move to Burnley for an undisclosed fee.
Ward, who arrived from Bohemians as a League of Ireland striker back in January, 2007, leaves as a left back who represented Wolves in the Barclays Premier League and became a full Republic of Ireland international.
Wolves’ Head Coach Kenny Jackett decided to freshen things up with a revamped squad last season, with Ward spending the campaign on loan with Brighton.
And Ward’s fresh start will now become a permanent one at Burnley, the 28-year-old joining fellow former Molineux Men Michael Kightly, David Jones, Jason Shackell and Sam Vokes at Turf Moor.
“All of us thank Stephen for what he’s done and wish him all the best,” says Jackett.
“He got a club reasonably quickly last season which shows the standard of the player and he has got another good move now.”
Having initially arrived as a striker it was near the beginning of the promotion-winning 2008/09 season that Ward was converted to a left back, becoming a key member of the title-clinching squad.
A regular during Wolves’ three top flight campaigns, the standout moment for Ward came when, returning temporarily to his previous striker role, he scored the only goal of the game to seal a famous 1-0 victory against Liverpool at Anfield.
All in all he enjoyed 239 outings for Wolves, which has him inside the club’s top 50 appearance makers, and scored nine goals.
“I am sure everyone at the club will wish Stephen all the best with his new challenge,” said Wolves’ CEO Jez Moxey.
“He played a key part in a successful time at the club in his first few years at Wolves, achieving promotion and then three seasons in the Premier League, and was always willing to play in several different positions for the good of the team.
“With Kenny having decided to take the squad in a different direction, Stephen spent last season on loan at Brighton and can now look forward to a fresh start at Burnley in what is a good deal both for him and for Wolves – we wish him well.”