Saturday 24 March 2018

Ward signs for Burnley after no-show leaves Hyypia in the lurch

Stephen Ward
Stephen Ward
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Stephen Ward has joined Burnley after a late intervention from the Premier League club turned the Dubliner away from a proposed switch to Brighton.

The Championship club have been trying to get a deal done for Ward (below) ll summer after his successful loan stint there last term and Wolves boss Kenny Jackett said on Thursday that a fee had been agreed.

However, that prompted Burnley to make a late move, and the Ireland left-back failed to show up in Brighton when they were expecting him for a medical.


He travelled to Burnley yesterday and penned a deal with the Turf Moor outfit last night.

New Brighton boss Sami Hyypia has taken the Dubliner's course of action pretty well in the circumstances.

"It's disappointing, but that's football - worse things have happened," said the former Liverpool defender. "If Stephen Ward wants to play in the Premier League and doesn't want to come here, that's okay"

Two of Ward's international colleagues did complete moves yesterday, with Conor Sammon completing a loan switch to Ipswich and Anthony Pilkington's permanent transfer to Cardiff going through.

Mick McCarthy has been tracking Sammon for some time and Steve McClaren allowed him to leave Derby, where loan recruit Leon Best is now ahead of the big man in the queue.

Sammon started just five matches for Derby last term and has largely seen action as an impact sub. He will still face a challenge to dislodge Waterford's Daryl Murphy and Irish-qualified David McGoldrick at his new abode.

Pilkington has said goodbye to Norwich after three years at Carrow Road. He never really hit it off with new boss Neil Adams. The 26-year-old has cost the Welsh club in the region of £2m.

"The club would like to place on record its thanks to Anthony for his services and wish him well," said Norwich in a statement.

Meanwhile, Derby have also allowed youngster Mark O'Brien to go on loan to SPL side Motherwell until January.

Irish Independent

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