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End Of The Journey For Ward

Defender moving on after outstanding stint for the Clarets

12 May 2019

Stephen Ward is to leave Turf Moor after five seasons of outstanding service as a Claret.

Ward is not having his contract renewed and will be on the look-out for a new club this summer.

The left-back, 33, has been restricted to just 10 starts across all competitions for Burnley during 2018/19 due to a knee operation earlier in the campaign and the form of Charlie Taylor.

But he signed off as part of the match-day squad for the season-closing 3-1 home defeat to Arsenal and will be remembered as a key man of Sean Dyche’s side which charged to the 2015/16 Championship title and established the Clarets back in the Premier League.

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Stephen Ward's stunning goal at Chelsea lit the blue touch-paper for last season's success

“It’s been brilliant,” the former Republic of Ireland international, who joined Burnley from Wolverhampton Wanderers in August, 2014, told Clarets Player HD.

“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.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it and it’s great to see the lads have another great season this season and have another crack at the Premier League next year.

“I have come back from injury and felt really good, but the lads were flying at the time, so I’ve no complaints.

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“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.

“I will miss the place. It’s been fantastic.”

Ward – who was capped 50 times by his country – made a total of 113 appearances for the Clarets, including 28 starts last term as Burnley finished seventh in the Premier League and booked a place in Europe.

“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 today because he’s done a fantastic job here.”

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