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Stephen Makes It Seven!

16 August 2014

Burnley Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of former Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Stephen Ward for an undisclosed fee, subject to clearance.

The Republic of Ireland international has signed a three-year deal and becomes the Clarets seventh summer signing.

And Ward, who brings yet more Premier League pedigree to Sean Dyche’s squad is delighted to have signed on at Turf Moor, as he bids to taste regular top-flight football once again.

He said: “I’m absolutely thrilled, I’ve had eight years at Wolves now and I was on loan at Brighton last year but to start a new chapter in my career is great.

“I don’t think I could have picked a better place than Turf Moor and obviously to come to the Premier League is a massive pull as well.

“Once you get a taste of it you want to play as much Premier League football as you can.

“Burnley have done superbly well to get promoted and hopefully I can play some part in us having a successful year.

“It’s a hungry squad that wants to stay in the Premier League for many years to come.”

Dublin-born Ward, 28, began his professional career with League of Ireland side Bohemians where he spent four years and made 93 appearances, scoring 26 goals before joining Wolverhampton Wanderers in
2007.

At Molineux, he made an impressive start to life in English football, scoring three times in just six games and earning the Championship Player of the Month Award for February. Ward then went on to feature in all of Wolves remaining fixtures before they suffered a play-off defeat.

The 2008/09 season saw Ward adopt a role at left-back having previously operated as a striker and then a left winger at the Midlands club and he excelled as he helped earn promotion to the Premier League alongside new Clarets teammates Michael Kightly, Sam Vokes, David Jones and Jason Shackell.

He made 94 appearances for Wolves in the top flight between 2009 and 2012 and also represented Republic of Ireland at Euro 2012, but following Wolves relegation from the Premier League and then the Championship in consecutive seasons, Ward moved to Brighton and Hove Albion on loan for the 2013/14 campaign.

A total of 47 appearances followed as Ward helped The Seagulls to soar into the Play-Offs, only to experience disappointment in the semi-final against Derby County.

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