Ward retains Ireland place

The Argus: Stephen Ward is set for international duty with the Republic of Ireland again next month Stephen Ward is set for international duty with the Republic of Ireland again next month

Albion left-back Stephen Ward has kept his place in Martin O'Neill's Republic of Ireland squad.

The on-loan Wolves defender has been named in a provisional 29-man squad for the Republic's home friendly against Serbia at the Aviva Stadium on March 5.

The squad will be trimmed before the players meet up on March 2 to cater for injuries.

Ward has returned from the international wilderness since O'Neill and Roy Keane replaced Giovanni Trapattoni.

He featured in back-to-back friendlies in November against Latvia and Poland.

Ward, 28, was rested for Albion's FA Cup draw against Hull on Monday.

The Irish squad also features Hull trio Stephen Quinn, David Meyler and Shane Long, who was ineligible for the trip to the Amex and remains Cup-tied for next Monday's replay at the KC Stadium.

Albion captain Gordon Greer has already been named in the Scotland squad for a friendly in Poland on March 5.

The international matches for Greer and Ward fall between a trip to Millwall for the Seagulls and the visit of Reading in the Championship or an FA Cup quarter-final at home to Gus Poyet's Sunderland.

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11:55am Thu 20 Feb 14

Gee Jay says...

This guy has really become a vital piece in the jigsaw of our squad this season, so this is no surprise for a recognition of his consistency.
This guy has really become a vital piece in the jigsaw of our squad this season, so this is no surprise for a recognition of his consistency. Gee Jay

12:01pm Thu 20 Feb 14

B rian Tawses left foot says...

Top man. I hope we sign him permanently.
Top man. I hope we sign him permanently. B rian Tawses left foot

12:12pm Thu 20 Feb 14

fansunited says...

I do love his enthusiam, he is the first to congraulate when a goal is scored. Really pleased for him...........
I do love his enthusiam, he is the first to congraulate when a goal is scored. Really pleased for him........... fansunited

12:18pm Thu 20 Feb 14

wiseman of hove says...

I really hope he is here next year. Sets a fine example.
I really hope he is here next year. Sets a fine example. wiseman of hove

12:33pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Clean Sheet says...

Yep, turned out to be a shrewd signing. Doing far more for us than Bridge is for Reading. We were really lucky last year with Bridge, I reckon he played more games for us last season than he has in many a season. Great player for us, I am not knocking him, just reflecting on a degree of fortune.
Yep, turned out to be a shrewd signing. Doing far more for us than Bridge is for Reading. We were really lucky last year with Bridge, I reckon he played more games for us last season than he has in many a season. Great player for us, I am not knocking him, just reflecting on a degree of fortune. Clean Sheet

1:09pm Thu 20 Feb 14

mark by the sea says...

Good player, I suppose if wolves get promoted they might want him back, however if you google his contract it shows he is on 12k a week , I would imagine a lower contracted wage in the championship.. Will wolves want him back ? Does anyone know when his contract runs out?
Good player, I suppose if wolves get promoted they might want him back, however if you google his contract it shows he is on 12k a week , I would imagine a lower contracted wage in the championship.. Will wolves want him back ? Does anyone know when his contract runs out? mark by the sea

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