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Ward Signs New Deal

Defender Stephen Ward pens contract extension at Turf Moor

14 August 2017

Stephen Ward has signed a new contract to extend his successful stay at Turf Moor.

Ward has agreed a deal running until June, 2019 with the option of a possible further 12 months.

The Republic of Ireland international, 31, has been at Burnley since August, 2014 and is happy to be staying at a club where he is clearly enjoying his football.   

“It’s great and long may it continue,” said Ward, whose stunning goal against Chelsea last Saturday helped secure a thrilling 3-2 win over the champions.

“I’m delighted to have signed. It’s just great to be part of a club like this at the minute and hopefully we can have another successful season.”

Sean Dyche’s side certainly couldn’t have made a better start with Ward playing a key role, his wonderful strike sandwiched between two from Sam Vokes as the Clarets led the champions 3-0 at half-time.

“To find yourself 3-0 up at half-time at Stamford Bridge doesn’t happen very often,” Ward told Clarets Player HD.

“I’ve not scored many like that in my career. I just took a short free-kick, played a one-two with Corky, who played a great ball back to me.

“Thankfully it sat up nicely and ended up in the back of the net.

“I was delighted – and Vokesy as well with two fantastic goals – and, all-in-all, we were just happy with the result.

“We put in a great performance and we have to be very proud of what we did.

“There was a big thing made of our away form last year so it’s nice to get that first one under our belts and let’s roll on next week and have a big game in front of our home crowd.”

Ward joined the Clarets from Wolves, following a season-long loan spell at Brighton, after Burnley had won promotion to the Premier League in 2014.

Injury meant the left-back was restricted to just nine top-flight appearances in his first season at Turf Moor and he again had to be patient at the start of the following campaign.

But the defender claimed a starting place half-way through the season, with his return coinciding with an unbeaten run to the end of the campaign as Dyche’s side bounced straight back to the Premier League as 2016 Championship winners.

Ward went on to help Ireland reach the knock-out stages of Euro 2016 in France and then missed just one game as one of the Clarets’ most consistent performers as Burnley sustained their top-tier status last season.

His existing contract – signed in October, 2016 - was due to expire at the end of the current season.

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