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Grant Ward sold to Ipswich Twn

Ipswich Town has signed 21-year-old (22 next January) winger Grant Ward from Tottenham Hotspur for an undisclosed fee. He has signed  a three-year deal, with the option of a further year.

He has had loan spells at MLS side Chicago Fire, Coventry City and Rotherham United last season. The transfer was confirmed on the official website and will give Ward the chance to play regularly again.

"We have reached agreement with Ipswich for the transfer of Grant Ward. The midfielder joined our academy full-time in July 2011, and has since represented us at Under-18 and Under-21 levels, in addition to playing for the senior side during our tour of Malaysia and Australia in May 2015. We wish Grant all the best for the future."


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DONE DEAL:  have completed the signing of Grant Ward from @SpursOfficial on a 3-year deal.

He wouldn't be able to get a look-in at Tottenham and can now carve out a career for himself starting i the Championship. He didn't make the squad for the International Championship Cup in Australia.
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Spurs Loan News - Grant Ward

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Spurs Loan News covers 20-year-old (21 in December) midfielder Grant Ward in this episode. He is on loan at Rotherham United who hosted Norwich City in the League Cup (Capital One Cup) which saw them go down 2-1 to the newly-promoted Premier League team.

Spurs Loan News - Grant Ward


A full match report can be found at the Rotherham United website (The Millers) which can be found on the link below. Ward, who is on loan until January, started and played 76 minutes of the tie before being removed.
The Millers

To date he has had 64 minutes in the Championship and 77 in the League Cup, 141 minutes in total. Ward banged in 5 goals in pre-season and started the first game against MK Dons, playing 45 minutes as a central defensive midfielder in a 4-4-2 system. He sat on the bench for the next 2 league games before getting 38 minutes on the right-hand side of midfield at the weekend.

In the League Cup First Round he came on for 17 minutes on the right-hand side and against Norwich City in midweek he played on the left-hand side of midfield.


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Does Ward loan pave the way for more?

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Tottenham Hotspur have decided not to extend the loan period of Grant Ward who has spent the last season gaining experience by playing Major League Soccer (MLS) for Chicago Fire.

Does Ward loan pave the way for more?


Doug Hicks is the vice president of communication for Chicago Firs and he confirmed that Tottenham want to keep Ward rather than send him back to MLS for a second season. Chicago Fire were not willing to meet his buyout clause fee, that MLS loans require, and Spurs were not willing to lower it or negotiate another loan.

That's not to say Spurs weren't happy with his development, they were and I for one am delighted as I've been writing for a while that our 18-year-old should be going out on loan to foreign shores to gain first team experience, a different way of training, a different culture, we would get back players who would have developed both as a player and mentally.

We have Steffen Freund who is responsible for players on overseas loans so with him in place it makes sense to use the international loan system to greater advantage. I have also suggested a tie up with the new Beckham franchise when it starts so we can have a working relationship with loan players to the benefit of both clubs.

Overseas loans are not for everyone but players come to this shore to be classified as home grown, why not have spells where our youngsters go and live and train abroad, even if it is for short six month spells. players develop abroad quicker, that's why we have bought them instead of playing our own. With an emphasis on the development of youth anything that speeds up their development means you have potentially more years out of them as a Premier League player.

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Ward played 23 games for the Fire, starting 12 of them and scoring 1 goal from his midfield role. He totalled 1,051 minutes and in addition to his goal was attributed with 2 assists. He took 15 shots of which 4 were on target and he was caught offside twice. He committed 14 fouls and picked up 2 yellow cards.

He had a pass success rate of 80.9%, averaging 15.2 per game and making 6 Key ones while he was there. He also averaged 0.7 crosses per game and made 0.8 tackles. His short passing style and shooting from range fit Pochettino's model so we wait to see what the next step is for him.



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VIDEO: Loanee Ward looking forward to some familiar faces

9:01 pm
Tottenham have a youngster on loan with Chicago Fire, 19-year-old Grant Ward, who has now played 9 games during his loan spell scoring once against Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the US Open Cup.

Chicago Fire coach Frank Yallop was pleased to get him on loan for the MLS side.

"Grant is a young, technically-gifted player. I watched him play in England, and throughout our pre-season training camp Grant consistently proved that he has what it takes to do well in the MLS. We look forward to him joining our squad once he has recovered from his injury (fractured metatarsal)."

He did indeed recover from that, extended his loan until the end of the year and has scored his first senior goal while with them. He is now looking forward to seeing some familiar faces.




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Tottenham players loan extended

2:30 pm
Tottenham youngster Grant Ward was snapped up to play in the MLS for Chicago Fire and now that initial loan has been extended.

Ward is a 19 year-old Development Squad player who joined Major League Soccer side Chicago Fire for pre-season training and scored twice in warm up games. Frank Yallop their head coach then signed him on loan back in March.

"Grant is a young, technically-gifted player. I watched him play in England, and throughout our preseason training camp, Grant consistently proved that he has what it takes to do well in MLS. We look forward to him joining our squad once he has recovered from his injury."

He underwent surgery on March 11 to repair a fractured fifth metatarsal and stayed with Spurs to rehabilitate his foot before joining the Fire.

"Grant's injury is an unfortunate one but we fully expect him to bounce back," Fire technical rirector Brian Bliss said in a statement. "We saw the type of player Grant is while he was with us during preseason, and we're here to support and do what we can to help him get back to full fitness so he can join us later this season."

Yallop who apart from being Head Coach is also the Director of Soccer for Chicago Fire was delighted to have extended his successful stay with them.

“I’m glad that we are able to work with Tottenham to extend Grant’s loan through the end of the year.

“Since he has fully recovered from his foot injury, Grant has proven to be the skillful, attack-minded player that we knew him to be. He’s provided much needed depth to our squad and we’re happy to have him for the duration of the season.”

Ward made his Fire debut on May 24th, entering in the 61st minute of a 2-0 away defeat to the Columbus Crew. He has started the subsequent three matches for Chicago Fire during which time they have picked up a couple of draws.

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Spurs fans can catch up with Ward as the club will be playing Chicago Fire on July 16th, games that are usually screened back here in the UK. 



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