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Dyche hails 'magnificent' Ward


EXIT: Stephen Ward. Pic; Getty

EXIT: Stephen Ward. Pic; Getty

EXIT: Stephen Ward. Pic; Getty

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has praised ex-Ireland defender Stephen Ward after the club called time on his career at Turf Moor.

Ward (33) was an unused sub for the Clarets on the final day of the Premier League season, a 3-1 loss at home to Arsenal, but that was his last involvement with the club as, as he has been released after a successful five-year spell.

"Stephen has been a magnificent servant for us and we have to make decisions; it's as simple as that, and that's just one. There will be more over the summer," said Dyche.

"He has been absolutely brilliant for us, and as a sign of respect I wanted to have him involved because he's done a fantastic job here." Ward joined Burnley in 2014 and made 113 appearances, playing a major role last season as they qualified for Europe.

"I've great memories and to be part of the last few years of success we've had here has probably been the best part of my career and something that will live with me forever," said Ward.

"I will miss the place. It's been fantastic. It's a sad time leaving but I suppose that comes many times in your career, you move on from different clubs. I can't speak highly enough of the club, the people and the lads that have been here."