Still no place at Wolves for Ward despite Jackett recall
Published 01/08/2014 | 02:30
Ward is available for £100,000, and will join Brighton and Hove Albion, if The Seagulls agree to pay his £13,000-a-week wages. To date, they have fallen £3,000 shy with their offer.
"He's looking for his next move and he had a successful last season," said Jackett.
"To get some match fitness and show a good attitude on Tuesday night, the way he did, will only help him in whatever he wants to do next. "If I hadn't played him, it would have left the team too young against Oxford, who are a good side and a big club."
Elsewhere, Hull had to settle for a 0-0 draw on their competitive European debut after Tom Huddlestone missed a penalty and a point-blank follow-up in the first leg of their Europa League third qualifying round tie with Slovakia's AS Trencin in Zilina.
Aberdeen have it all to do to keep their campaign alive after a 2-0 defeat by Real Sociedad in San Sebastian. The Dons defended stubbornly in a first half which was characterised by some wayward shooting by the home side.
Italians Torino made it look easy with a 3-0 victory over Swedish side Brommapojkarna in a match which saw both sides reduced to 10 men. Mohamed Yattara scored a brace as Lyon claimed a comfortable 4-1 victory over Mlada Boleslav.