Seagulls defender in limbo over future

Stephen Ward has hinted he would be happy to join Albion on a permanent basis

Stephen Ward has hinted he would be happy to join Albion on a permanent basis

First published in Sport by , Chief sports reporter

Albion defender Stephen Ward admits his future is in limbo – but the on-loan left-back from Wolves has hinted he would happily sign for the Seagulls.

Ward’s consistent form this season has won him a Republic of Ireland recall, while parent club Wolves are on course to be promoted back to the Championship.

Ward, 28, said: “I’ve got another year (at Wolves) so I’m a little bit in limbo at the moment. I’ve not really spoken to them. They are concentrating on getting promoted, which I think they will do the way they are going.

“I have really enjoyed it here and I’m open to anything but from now until the end of the season I just want to keep enjoying my football and hopefully help Brighton get into the play-offs, because I think the club deserves to be challenging to go into the Premier League.

“It’s got the perfect set-up. The stadium is fantastic, the new training ground will be great and it’s a real bonus that I have come here and enjoyed my time. What ever will be will be but it’s a great club and one that anyone should be privileged to play for.”

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6:42am Tue 11 Mar 14

Alfie T says...

Wasn't convinced about him when he first arrived,but has been getting better and better with every game. Bridge was fantastic for us, the best I have seen for the Albion at left back,but Ward is steady and I'd welcome him on a permanent deal.
Wasn't convinced about him when he first arrived,but has been getting better and better with every game. Bridge was fantastic for us, the best I have seen for the Albion at left back,but Ward is steady and I'd welcome him on a permanent deal. Alfie T
  • Score: 29

6:50am Tue 11 Mar 14

namgo49 says...

Good player, good attitude, stays fit. I would be very happy to see him stay!
Good player, good attitude, stays fit. I would be very happy to see him stay! namgo49
  • Score: 26

6:57am Tue 11 Mar 14

Albion In Staffs says...

I think it could depend on which division the two clubs are in next season. If we went up, we'd be in a strong negotiating position - if we still wanted him - but if, as seems likely, Wolves get back in the Championship and we're still in it, I can see him going back to them.
For him, there'd be less incentive to stay here as Wolves are a decent club themselves, while Wolves will have seen him doing well for us at this level and may view him as a 'new' signing after promotion.
From our perspective, he's been - and I'm sure will continue to be - solid, but he's not 'stand out' and I'd suspect there'll be others available, possibly on frees, in the summer.
My money would be on him going back with our grateful thanks.
I think it could depend on which division the two clubs are in next season. If we went up, we'd be in a strong negotiating position - if we still wanted him - but if, as seems likely, Wolves get back in the Championship and we're still in it, I can see him going back to them. For him, there'd be less incentive to stay here as Wolves are a decent club themselves, while Wolves will have seen him doing well for us at this level and may view him as a 'new' signing after promotion. From our perspective, he's been - and I'm sure will continue to be - solid, but he's not 'stand out' and I'd suspect there'll be others available, possibly on frees, in the summer. My money would be on him going back with our grateful thanks. Albion In Staffs
  • Score: 2

7:07am Tue 11 Mar 14

Alfie T says...

Albion In Staffs wrote:
I think it could depend on which division the two clubs are in next season. If we went up, we'd be in a strong negotiating position - if we still wanted him - but if, as seems likely, Wolves get back in the Championship and we're still in it, I can see him going back to them.
For him, there'd be less incentive to stay here as Wolves are a decent club themselves, while Wolves will have seen him doing well for us at this level and may view him as a 'new' signing after promotion.
From our perspective, he's been - and I'm sure will continue to be - solid, but he's not 'stand out' and I'd suspect there'll be others available, possibly on frees, in the summer.
My money would be on him going back with our grateful thanks.
Wolves are a decent club,but can't see beyond the championship for them for a long time yet. The Albion star is firmly in the ascendency and my guess is Ward will see it the same way,however with everything football these days it will probably all come down to his agent.
[quote][p][bold]Albion In Staffs[/bold] wrote: I think it could depend on which division the two clubs are in next season. If we went up, we'd be in a strong negotiating position - if we still wanted him - but if, as seems likely, Wolves get back in the Championship and we're still in it, I can see him going back to them. For him, there'd be less incentive to stay here as Wolves are a decent club themselves, while Wolves will have seen him doing well for us at this level and may view him as a 'new' signing after promotion. From our perspective, he's been - and I'm sure will continue to be - solid, but he's not 'stand out' and I'd suspect there'll be others available, possibly on frees, in the summer. My money would be on him going back with our grateful thanks.[/p][/quote]Wolves are a decent club,but can't see beyond the championship for them for a long time yet. The Albion star is firmly in the ascendency and my guess is Ward will see it the same way,however with everything football these days it will probably all come down to his agent. Alfie T
  • Score: 8

7:49am Tue 11 Mar 14

mark by the sea says...

Alfie T wrote:
Albion In Staffs wrote:
I think it could depend on which division the two clubs are in next season. If we went up, we'd be in a strong negotiating position - if we still wanted him - but if, as seems likely, Wolves get back in the Championship and we're still in it, I can see him going back to them.
For him, there'd be less incentive to stay here as Wolves are a decent club themselves, while Wolves will have seen him doing well for us at this level and may view him as a 'new' signing after promotion.
From our perspective, he's been - and I'm sure will continue to be - solid, but he's not 'stand out' and I'd suspect there'll be others available, possibly on frees, in the summer.
My money would be on him going back with our grateful thanks.
Wolves are a decent club,but can't see beyond the championship for them for a long time yet. The Albion star is firmly in the ascendency and my guess is Ward will see it the same way,however with everything football these days it will probably all come down to his agent.
He is on a very good contract at wolves, he signed when they were premier league, I also wonder if wolves have a youngster playing in that position? If they do why bring ward back and upset a talent ? Lots of questions , been a very good loan ..
[quote][p][bold]Alfie T[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion In Staffs[/bold] wrote: I think it could depend on which division the two clubs are in next season. If we went up, we'd be in a strong negotiating position - if we still wanted him - but if, as seems likely, Wolves get back in the Championship and we're still in it, I can see him going back to them. For him, there'd be less incentive to stay here as Wolves are a decent club themselves, while Wolves will have seen him doing well for us at this level and may view him as a 'new' signing after promotion. From our perspective, he's been - and I'm sure will continue to be - solid, but he's not 'stand out' and I'd suspect there'll be others available, possibly on frees, in the summer. My money would be on him going back with our grateful thanks.[/p][/quote]Wolves are a decent club,but can't see beyond the championship for them for a long time yet. The Albion star is firmly in the ascendency and my guess is Ward will see it the same way,however with everything football these days it will probably all come down to his agent.[/p][/quote]He is on a very good contract at wolves, he signed when they were premier league, I also wonder if wolves have a youngster playing in that position? If they do why bring ward back and upset a talent ? Lots of questions , been a very good loan .. mark by the sea
  • Score: 7

8:03am Tue 11 Mar 14

Albion In Staffs says...

mark by the sea wrote:
Alfie T wrote:
Albion In Staffs wrote:
I think it could depend on which division the two clubs are in next season. If we went up, we'd be in a strong negotiating position - if we still wanted him - but if, as seems likely, Wolves get back in the Championship and we're still in it, I can see him going back to them.
For him, there'd be less incentive to stay here as Wolves are a decent club themselves, while Wolves will have seen him doing well for us at this level and may view him as a 'new' signing after promotion.
From our perspective, he's been - and I'm sure will continue to be - solid, but he's not 'stand out' and I'd suspect there'll be others available, possibly on frees, in the summer.
My money would be on him going back with our grateful thanks.
Wolves are a decent club,but can't see beyond the championship for them for a long time yet. The Albion star is firmly in the ascendency and my guess is Ward will see it the same way,however with everything football these days it will probably all come down to his agent.
He is on a very good contract at wolves, he signed when they were premier league, I also wonder if wolves have a youngster playing in that position? If they do why bring ward back and upset a talent ? Lots of questions , been a very good loan ..
Definitely been a good loan and, more importantly, still is! When all's said and done, it's still all about the run in at the moment, not the summer.
[quote][p][bold]mark by the sea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alfie T[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion In Staffs[/bold] wrote: I think it could depend on which division the two clubs are in next season. If we went up, we'd be in a strong negotiating position - if we still wanted him - but if, as seems likely, Wolves get back in the Championship and we're still in it, I can see him going back to them. For him, there'd be less incentive to stay here as Wolves are a decent club themselves, while Wolves will have seen him doing well for us at this level and may view him as a 'new' signing after promotion. From our perspective, he's been - and I'm sure will continue to be - solid, but he's not 'stand out' and I'd suspect there'll be others available, possibly on frees, in the summer. My money would be on him going back with our grateful thanks.[/p][/quote]Wolves are a decent club,but can't see beyond the championship for them for a long time yet. The Albion star is firmly in the ascendency and my guess is Ward will see it the same way,however with everything football these days it will probably all come down to his agent.[/p][/quote]He is on a very good contract at wolves, he signed when they were premier league, I also wonder if wolves have a youngster playing in that position? If they do why bring ward back and upset a talent ? Lots of questions , been a very good loan ..[/p][/quote]Definitely been a good loan and, more importantly, still is! When all's said and done, it's still all about the run in at the moment, not the summer. Albion In Staffs
  • Score: 5

8:04am Tue 11 Mar 14

dave from bexill says...

Never particularly rated him over the years, but he's got better and better for us, particularly when considering who he replaced in our team. Along with Upson, Leo and Crofts (until his injury), vying for player of the season in my humble view.
Never particularly rated him over the years, but he's got better and better for us, particularly when considering who he replaced in our team. Along with Upson, Leo and Crofts (until his injury), vying for player of the season in my humble view. dave from bexill
  • Score: 4

8:06am Tue 11 Mar 14

dave from bexill says...

ps. However, come the summer, it'll come down to money, as it always does
ps. However, come the summer, it'll come down to money, as it always does dave from bexill
  • Score: 2

8:13am Tue 11 Mar 14

mark by the sea says...

There you go, wolves paid £500k in August for Scott golbourne from Barnsley for left back.. I would imagine unless they bought a donkey they won't want ward on the bench at 10k a week.
There you go, wolves paid £500k in August for Scott golbourne from Barnsley for left back.. I would imagine unless they bought a donkey they won't want ward on the bench at 10k a week. mark by the sea
  • Score: 5

9:11am Tue 11 Mar 14

Andrea Orlandigasm says...

dave from bexill wrote:
Never particularly rated him over the years, but he's got better and better for us, particularly when considering who he replaced in our team. Along with Upson, Leo and Crofts (until his injury), vying for player of the season in my humble view.
Will you be surprised if Ince wins it?
[quote][p][bold]dave from bexill[/bold] wrote: Never particularly rated him over the years, but he's got better and better for us, particularly when considering who he replaced in our team. Along with Upson, Leo and Crofts (until his injury), vying for player of the season in my humble view.[/p][/quote]Will you be surprised if Ince wins it? Andrea Orlandigasm
  • Score: 2

9:21am Tue 11 Mar 14

Uckfield Seagull says...

Ward has been a very solid signing, in my mind a solid championship player, but if we are pushing promotion next season or lucky to get promoted this season we will need a stronger left back, if we do get promoted I cannot see Ward getting much game time, however saying that he hard hard boots to fill as Bridge was different class, I think a few Brighton players can be put in the solid view
Ward has been a very solid signing, in my mind a solid championship player, but if we are pushing promotion next season or lucky to get promoted this season we will need a stronger left back, if we do get promoted I cannot see Ward getting much game time, however saying that he hard hard boots to fill as Bridge was different class, I think a few Brighton players can be put in the solid view Uckfield Seagull
  • Score: 3

9:27am Tue 11 Mar 14

dave from bexill says...

Andrea Orlandigasm wrote:
dave from bexill wrote:
Never particularly rated him over the years, but he's got better and better for us, particularly when considering who he replaced in our team. Along with Upson, Leo and Crofts (until his injury), vying for player of the season in my humble view.
Will you be surprised if Ince wins it?
Whoops, how could I forget him. No, I wouldn't be surprised at all Andrea
[quote][p][bold]Andrea Orlandigasm[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dave from bexill[/bold] wrote: Never particularly rated him over the years, but he's got better and better for us, particularly when considering who he replaced in our team. Along with Upson, Leo and Crofts (until his injury), vying for player of the season in my humble view.[/p][/quote]Will you be surprised if Ince wins it?[/p][/quote]Whoops, how could I forget him. No, I wouldn't be surprised at all Andrea dave from bexill
  • Score: 2

9:34am Tue 11 Mar 14

farside says...

mark by the sea wrote:
There you go, wolves paid £500k in August for Scott golbourne from Barnsley for left back.. I would imagine unless they bought a donkey they won't want ward on the bench at 10k a week.
If it was "only" £10K a week then fine but Ward is on Premier League money and if he wanted to come here next season he would need to take the sort of pay cut he wouldn't do at Wolves. He has been fantastic for us so let's hope there is a deal to be done.
[quote][p][bold]mark by the sea[/bold] wrote: There you go, wolves paid £500k in August for Scott golbourne from Barnsley for left back.. I would imagine unless they bought a donkey they won't want ward on the bench at 10k a week.[/p][/quote]If it was "only" £10K a week then fine but Ward is on Premier League money and if he wanted to come here next season he would need to take the sort of pay cut he wouldn't do at Wolves. He has been fantastic for us so let's hope there is a deal to be done. farside
  • Score: 3

11:11am Tue 11 Mar 14

Gee Jay says...

Solid, and certainlly good for a promotion chasing Championship season.
Solid, and certainlly good for a promotion chasing Championship season. Gee Jay
  • Score: 4

4:56pm Tue 11 Mar 14

bikerjimbo says...

For Christ sake sign this guy before someone else steps in or Wolves snatch him back. Hope he plays tonight.
For Christ sake sign this guy before someone else steps in or Wolves snatch him back. Hope he plays tonight. bikerjimbo
  • Score: 0

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