Ward: I hope Conway does not come back and haunt us

Craig Conway, left

Craig Conway, left

First published in Sport by , Chief sports reporter

STEPHEN Ward says Albion have missed Craig Conway and hopes he does not come back to haunt them at Blackburn tonight.

Left-back Ward and left-winger Conway forged a good partnership during the latter’s 93-day loan from Cardiff earlier in the season.

The Seagulls wanted Conway back on loan in January but the 28-year-old Scotland international joined Blackburn in a permanent deal on a two-and-a-half year contract at the end of the transfer window.

He faces his former team-mates in good form, with three goals in his last ten games, including two in the last four.

Ward said: “He’s a great player for them and he was great when he was here. I really enjoyed playing behind him. He gives everything for the team, so we know what he will give to them.

“He’ll try to get crosses in and take people on. He’s one of those wingers who does his defensive duties as well so he is an all-round good winger, a great lad as well and one that we really missed when he left here.

“He was somebody all the lads had a lot of time for. He put a real shift in and that is something you need in the modern day.

“I am sure Blackburn are reaping the benefits. I just hope tonight he is not at the top of his game.”

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12:19pm Tue 1 Apr 14

russellsnr2 says...

Don't worry people we will win tonight.
Man United will loose and there will be a mass exodus of players at bargain prices all wanting to find an up and coming club with ambition and world class stadium and training facilities.
SKY TV will come knocking at the door only to be told that we will not change or place the word united in our clubs name.
So maybe only the first sentence is correct but you never no!!!
Don't worry people we will win tonight. Man United will loose and there will be a mass exodus of players at bargain prices all wanting to find an up and coming club with ambition and world class stadium and training facilities. SKY TV will come knocking at the door only to be told that we will not change or place the word united in our clubs name. So maybe only the first sentence is correct but you never no!!! russellsnr2
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12:23pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Steveg1958 says...

I bet Conway cant wait to get at Bruno and Greer !, I see this article says we wanted to get him back on loan !, typical, we should have spent the money an got him permanently, it might have made all the difference, with accurate crosses coming in for Leo. He's the only wide player I have seen with us this year with the ability to do that. Added to that as Ward said the guy worked hard for the team as well !.
I bet Conway cant wait to get at Bruno and Greer !, I see this article says we wanted to get him back on loan !, typical, we should have spent the money an got him permanently, it might have made all the difference, with accurate crosses coming in for Leo. He's the only wide player I have seen with us this year with the ability to do that. Added to that as Ward said the guy worked hard for the team as well !. Steveg1958
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1:35pm Tue 1 Apr 14

pablobrowno says...

Just read in Lancashire telegraph article that Blackburn signed him for £100,000! Either a typo, simply untrue, or scandalous!

He also talked about how he loved it at Brighton, but his family are all up north and having a new baby being up there is the best thing for them all.

Always a problem in attracting players who live up north and have young families!
Just read in Lancashire telegraph article that Blackburn signed him for £100,000! Either a typo, simply untrue, or scandalous! He also talked about how he loved it at Brighton, but his family are all up north and having a new baby being up there is the best thing for them all. Always a problem in attracting players who live up north and have young families! pablobrowno
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2:03pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Baldseagull says...

pablobrowno wrote:
Just read in Lancashire telegraph article that Blackburn signed him for £100,000! Either a typo, simply untrue, or scandalous!

He also talked about how he loved it at Brighton, but his family are all up north and having a new baby being up there is the best thing for them all.

Always a problem in attracting players who live up north and have young families!
He had only 6 months left of contract so purchase price was low, but he is undoubtedly on better wages than we could have offered. Blackburn recieved £16M in parachute payments this season and will get a further £8M in each of the next 2 seasons.
Blackburn are still expected to have overspent and face an embargo despite the £16M payment for relegation, and people expect us to be able to sign players they are interested in.
[quote][p][bold]pablobrowno[/bold] wrote: Just read in Lancashire telegraph article that Blackburn signed him for £100,000! Either a typo, simply untrue, or scandalous! He also talked about how he loved it at Brighton, but his family are all up north and having a new baby being up there is the best thing for them all. Always a problem in attracting players who live up north and have young families![/p][/quote]He had only 6 months left of contract so purchase price was low, but he is undoubtedly on better wages than we could have offered. Blackburn recieved £16M in parachute payments this season and will get a further £8M in each of the next 2 seasons. Blackburn are still expected to have overspent and face an embargo despite the £16M payment for relegation, and people expect us to be able to sign players they are interested in. Baldseagull
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2:24pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Joel'sGrandad says...

pablobrowno wrote:
Just read in Lancashire telegraph article that Blackburn signed him for £100,000! Either a typo, simply untrue, or scandalous!

He also talked about how he loved it at Brighton, but his family are all up north and having a new baby being up there is the best thing for them all.

Always a problem in attracting players who live up north and have young families!
Always a problem, our mid table budget. We missed out on a really good player there.
And Ashley Barnes went the other way! UTA
[quote][p][bold]pablobrowno[/bold] wrote: Just read in Lancashire telegraph article that Blackburn signed him for £100,000! Either a typo, simply untrue, or scandalous! He also talked about how he loved it at Brighton, but his family are all up north and having a new baby being up there is the best thing for them all. Always a problem in attracting players who live up north and have young families![/p][/quote]Always a problem, our mid table budget. We missed out on a really good player there. And Ashley Barnes went the other way! UTA Joel'sGrandad
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3:24pm Tue 1 Apr 14

wiseman of hove says...

pablobrowno wrote:
Just read in Lancashire telegraph article that Blackburn signed him for £100,000! Either a typo, simply untrue, or scandalous!

He also talked about how he loved it at Brighton, but his family are all up north and having a new baby being up there is the best thing for them all.

Always a problem in attracting players who live up north and have young families!
If it was £100,00, then there is something really wrong the way the club is being run! Reading between the lines, I think Ward seems pretty incredulous that we did not sign Conway.
We certainly had no problems attracting players from the north in Archie Macauley's days, a mix of singles and married's. I had the temerity to write to Archie as a youngster and told him he should scour the north east for talent. I had a lovely reply - it must have been because Dave Turner was (and is) my all time favourite Albion player and he of course was a Newcastle reserve.
[quote][p][bold]pablobrowno[/bold] wrote: Just read in Lancashire telegraph article that Blackburn signed him for £100,000! Either a typo, simply untrue, or scandalous! He also talked about how he loved it at Brighton, but his family are all up north and having a new baby being up there is the best thing for them all. Always a problem in attracting players who live up north and have young families![/p][/quote]If it was £100,00, then there is something really wrong the way the club is being run! Reading between the lines, I think Ward seems pretty incredulous that we did not sign Conway. We certainly had no problems attracting players from the north in Archie Macauley's days, a mix of singles and married's. I had the temerity to write to Archie as a youngster and told him he should scour the north east for talent. I had a lovely reply - it must have been because Dave Turner was (and is) my all time favourite Albion player and he of course was a Newcastle reserve. wiseman of hove
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4:07pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Willie, Willie Irvine says...

Cardiff was harldy oop north. Conway would have come if the offer had been made before Blackburn came in. Albion must have had first dibs but the suits took a gamble waiting for another loan deal to materialise and lost. Trouble is, that's now looking a mighty big loss.
Cardiff was harldy oop north. Conway would have come if the offer had been made before Blackburn came in. Albion must have had first dibs but the suits took a gamble waiting for another loan deal to materialise and lost. Trouble is, that's now looking a mighty big loss. Willie, Willie Irvine
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4:16pm Tue 1 Apr 14

wiseman of hove says...

Willie, Willie Irvine wrote:
Cardiff was harldy oop north. Conway would have come if the offer had been made before Blackburn came in. Albion must have had first dibs but the suits took a gamble waiting for another loan deal to materialise and lost. Trouble is, that's now looking a mighty big loss.
And that loan deal was Rodriquez. Nothing further to add
[quote][p][bold]Willie, Willie Irvine[/bold] wrote: Cardiff was harldy oop north. Conway would have come if the offer had been made before Blackburn came in. Albion must have had first dibs but the suits took a gamble waiting for another loan deal to materialise and lost. Trouble is, that's now looking a mighty big loss.[/p][/quote]And that loan deal was Rodriquez. Nothing further to add wiseman of hove
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4:20pm Tue 1 Apr 14

wiseman of hove says...

wiseman of hove wrote:
Willie, Willie Irvine wrote:
Cardiff was harldy oop north. Conway would have come if the offer had been made before Blackburn came in. Albion must have had first dibs but the suits took a gamble waiting for another loan deal to materialise and lost. Trouble is, that's now looking a mighty big loss.
And that loan deal was Rodriquez. Nothing further to add
On reflection, was it that Rodriquez was not with a club but seeking a contract?
In any event, I think he was the 'new' Conway.
[quote][p][bold]wiseman of hove[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Willie, Willie Irvine[/bold] wrote: Cardiff was harldy oop north. Conway would have come if the offer had been made before Blackburn came in. Albion must have had first dibs but the suits took a gamble waiting for another loan deal to materialise and lost. Trouble is, that's now looking a mighty big loss.[/p][/quote]And that loan deal was Rodriquez. Nothing further to add[/p][/quote]On reflection, was it that Rodriquez was not with a club but seeking a contract? In any event, I think he was the 'new' Conway. wiseman of hove
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4:28pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

Willie, Willie Irvine wrote:
Cardiff was harldy oop north. Conway would have come if the offer had been made before Blackburn came in. Albion must have had first dibs but the suits took a gamble waiting for another loan deal to materialise and lost. Trouble is, that's now looking a mighty big loss.
We just cannot compete with clubs on parachute payments. It's as simple as that.
[quote][p][bold]Willie, Willie Irvine[/bold] wrote: Cardiff was harldy oop north. Conway would have come if the offer had been made before Blackburn came in. Albion must have had first dibs but the suits took a gamble waiting for another loan deal to materialise and lost. Trouble is, that's now looking a mighty big loss.[/p][/quote]We just cannot compete with clubs on parachute payments. It's as simple as that. Ex-pat Arnie
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4:53pm Tue 1 Apr 14

ballantrrae says...

wiseman of hove wrote:
pablobrowno wrote:
Just read in Lancashire telegraph article that Blackburn signed him for £100,000! Either a typo, simply untrue, or scandalous!

He also talked about how he loved it at Brighton, but his family are all up north and having a new baby being up there is the best thing for them all.

Always a problem in attracting players who live up north and have young families!
If it was £100,00, then there is something really wrong the way the club is being run! Reading between the lines, I think Ward seems pretty incredulous that we did not sign Conway.
We certainly had no problems attracting players from the north in Archie Macauley's days, a mix of singles and married's. I had the temerity to write to Archie as a youngster and told him he should scour the north east for talent. I had a lovely reply - it must have been because Dave Turner was (and is) my all time favourite Albion player and he of course was a Newcastle reserve.
I agree with various posters on this thread that it was really a great shame that we didn't get Conway back.
One thing I recall being impressed by when he first arrived was his immediate commitment to the club. I remember reading in the Argus that he moved his family down to Brighton straight away even though his other half was either just about to produce or had just given birth. I also recall Conway being quoted as saying he would like to return.
I am not quite sure why we only wanted him on Loan again and not permanently but can only assume it was a wages issue. Oscar was quoted around the time Conway left as saying he would like him back but was not sure if the budget would make that feasible. Whilst money was raised by selling Barnes and El-Abd quite early in the window it was probably intended to be used to sign Grabban. By the time it was known he wasn't leaving Bournemouth Conway had signed for Blackburn.
Given that he has scored 3 goals in 10 games we might have benefited from having him especially as Orlandi has been missing since the Millwall game.
Hoping for a change of fortune and a positive result tonight.
[quote][p][bold]wiseman of hove[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pablobrowno[/bold] wrote: Just read in Lancashire telegraph article that Blackburn signed him for £100,000! Either a typo, simply untrue, or scandalous! He also talked about how he loved it at Brighton, but his family are all up north and having a new baby being up there is the best thing for them all. Always a problem in attracting players who live up north and have young families![/p][/quote]If it was £100,00, then there is something really wrong the way the club is being run! Reading between the lines, I think Ward seems pretty incredulous that we did not sign Conway. We certainly had no problems attracting players from the north in Archie Macauley's days, a mix of singles and married's. I had the temerity to write to Archie as a youngster and told him he should scour the north east for talent. I had a lovely reply - it must have been because Dave Turner was (and is) my all time favourite Albion player and he of course was a Newcastle reserve.[/p][/quote]I agree with various posters on this thread that it was really a great shame that we didn't get Conway back. One thing I recall being impressed by when he first arrived was his immediate commitment to the club. I remember reading in the Argus that he moved his family down to Brighton straight away even though his other half was either just about to produce or had just given birth. I also recall Conway being quoted as saying he would like to return. I am not quite sure why we only wanted him on Loan again and not permanently but can only assume it was a wages issue. Oscar was quoted around the time Conway left as saying he would like him back but was not sure if the budget would make that feasible. Whilst money was raised by selling Barnes and El-Abd quite early in the window it was probably intended to be used to sign Grabban. By the time it was known he wasn't leaving Bournemouth Conway had signed for Blackburn. Given that he has scored 3 goals in 10 games we might have benefited from having him especially as Orlandi has been missing since the Millwall game. Hoping for a change of fortune and a positive result tonight. ballantrrae
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5:06pm Tue 1 Apr 14

wiseman of hove says...

ballantrrae wrote:
wiseman of hove wrote:
pablobrowno wrote:
Just read in Lancashire telegraph article that Blackburn signed him for £100,000! Either a typo, simply untrue, or scandalous!

He also talked about how he loved it at Brighton, but his family are all up north and having a new baby being up there is the best thing for them all.

Always a problem in attracting players who live up north and have young families!
If it was £100,00, then there is something really wrong the way the club is being run! Reading between the lines, I think Ward seems pretty incredulous that we did not sign Conway.
We certainly had no problems attracting players from the north in Archie Macauley's days, a mix of singles and married's. I had the temerity to write to Archie as a youngster and told him he should scour the north east for talent. I had a lovely reply - it must have been because Dave Turner was (and is) my all time favourite Albion player and he of course was a Newcastle reserve.
I agree with various posters on this thread that it was really a great shame that we didn't get Conway back.
One thing I recall being impressed by when he first arrived was his immediate commitment to the club. I remember reading in the Argus that he moved his family down to Brighton straight away even though his other half was either just about to produce or had just given birth. I also recall Conway being quoted as saying he would like to return.
I am not quite sure why we only wanted him on Loan again and not permanently but can only assume it was a wages issue. Oscar was quoted around the time Conway left as saying he would like him back but was not sure if the budget would make that feasible. Whilst money was raised by selling Barnes and El-Abd quite early in the window it was probably intended to be used to sign Grabban. By the time it was known he wasn't leaving Bournemouth Conway had signed for Blackburn.
Given that he has scored 3 goals in 10 games we might have benefited from having him especially as Orlandi has been missing since the Millwall game.
Hoping for a change of fortune and a positive result tonight.
He certainly gave the impression Ballantrrea, that he was desperate to stay here. I confess to not being au fait with the financial machinations involved theses days with transfers. Presumably, signing on fees can be used as a device in lieu of wages etc? Had we secured Conway, I think we would probably now be sitting in the playoff positions.
[quote][p][bold]ballantrrae[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wiseman of hove[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pablobrowno[/bold] wrote: Just read in Lancashire telegraph article that Blackburn signed him for £100,000! Either a typo, simply untrue, or scandalous! He also talked about how he loved it at Brighton, but his family are all up north and having a new baby being up there is the best thing for them all. Always a problem in attracting players who live up north and have young families![/p][/quote]If it was £100,00, then there is something really wrong the way the club is being run! Reading between the lines, I think Ward seems pretty incredulous that we did not sign Conway. We certainly had no problems attracting players from the north in Archie Macauley's days, a mix of singles and married's. I had the temerity to write to Archie as a youngster and told him he should scour the north east for talent. I had a lovely reply - it must have been because Dave Turner was (and is) my all time favourite Albion player and he of course was a Newcastle reserve.[/p][/quote]I agree with various posters on this thread that it was really a great shame that we didn't get Conway back. One thing I recall being impressed by when he first arrived was his immediate commitment to the club. I remember reading in the Argus that he moved his family down to Brighton straight away even though his other half was either just about to produce or had just given birth. I also recall Conway being quoted as saying he would like to return. I am not quite sure why we only wanted him on Loan again and not permanently but can only assume it was a wages issue. Oscar was quoted around the time Conway left as saying he would like him back but was not sure if the budget would make that feasible. Whilst money was raised by selling Barnes and El-Abd quite early in the window it was probably intended to be used to sign Grabban. By the time it was known he wasn't leaving Bournemouth Conway had signed for Blackburn. Given that he has scored 3 goals in 10 games we might have benefited from having him especially as Orlandi has been missing since the Millwall game. Hoping for a change of fortune and a positive result tonight.[/p][/quote]He certainly gave the impression Ballantrrea, that he was desperate to stay here. I confess to not being au fait with the financial machinations involved theses days with transfers. Presumably, signing on fees can be used as a device in lieu of wages etc? Had we secured Conway, I think we would probably now be sitting in the playoff positions. wiseman of hove
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5:13pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Claude Back says...

Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
Willie, Willie Irvine wrote:
Cardiff was harldy oop north. Conway would have come if the offer had been made before Blackburn came in. Albion must have had first dibs but the suits took a gamble waiting for another loan deal to materialise and lost. Trouble is, that's now looking a mighty big loss.
We just cannot compete with clubs on parachute payments. It's as simple as that.
He was £100,000 not ten million! If we cannot compete at that price we are in trouble. The cheapness of the fee would offset the increase in wages surely?
[quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Willie, Willie Irvine[/bold] wrote: Cardiff was harldy oop north. Conway would have come if the offer had been made before Blackburn came in. Albion must have had first dibs but the suits took a gamble waiting for another loan deal to materialise and lost. Trouble is, that's now looking a mighty big loss.[/p][/quote]We just cannot compete with clubs on parachute payments. It's as simple as that.[/p][/quote]He was £100,000 not ten million! If we cannot compete at that price we are in trouble. The cheapness of the fee would offset the increase in wages surely? Claude Back
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5:23pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

Claude Back wrote:
Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
Willie, Willie Irvine wrote:
Cardiff was harldy oop north. Conway would have come if the offer had been made before Blackburn came in. Albion must have had first dibs but the suits took a gamble waiting for another loan deal to materialise and lost. Trouble is, that's now looking a mighty big loss.
We just cannot compete with clubs on parachute payments. It's as simple as that.
He was £100,000 not ten million! If we cannot compete at that price we are in trouble. The cheapness of the fee would offset the increase in wages surely?
Not if the wages Conway was offered by Blackburn would have made him our highest earner. The majority of the cost of a player is the wages, so the nominal transfer fee is largely irrelevant.

Would you have signed him if he was demanding, say, 25-30% more than any other player in the squad?
[quote][p][bold]Claude Back[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Willie, Willie Irvine[/bold] wrote: Cardiff was harldy oop north. Conway would have come if the offer had been made before Blackburn came in. Albion must have had first dibs but the suits took a gamble waiting for another loan deal to materialise and lost. Trouble is, that's now looking a mighty big loss.[/p][/quote]We just cannot compete with clubs on parachute payments. It's as simple as that.[/p][/quote]He was £100,000 not ten million! If we cannot compete at that price we are in trouble. The cheapness of the fee would offset the increase in wages surely?[/p][/quote]Not if the wages Conway was offered by Blackburn would have made him our highest earner. The majority of the cost of a player is the wages, so the nominal transfer fee is largely irrelevant. Would you have signed him if he was demanding, say, 25-30% more than any other player in the squad? Ex-pat Arnie
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5:27pm Tue 1 Apr 14

fratsomrover says...

He had really started playing well for us when the deal came to an end and I too was disappointed we didn't sign him. He v Bruno could be interesting tonight, though in all honesty, I'm not expecting us to get a result. Not being negative, just realistic I'm afraid.
I hope Dunk gets recalled at the expense of Greer, but again, I somehow doubt OG has got the balls to drop his captain.
I'd also like to see March return for Buckley, but again I somehow doubt it'll happen.
I'd love nothing more than an Albion win, but to help me overcome any disappointment, I managed to get 2.84 on a Blackburn win, so any personal disappointment will be off-set by some financial return.
He had really started playing well for us when the deal came to an end and I too was disappointed we didn't sign him. He v Bruno could be interesting tonight, though in all honesty, I'm not expecting us to get a result. Not being negative, just realistic I'm afraid. I hope Dunk gets recalled at the expense of Greer, but again, I somehow doubt OG has got the balls to drop his captain. I'd also like to see March return for Buckley, but again I somehow doubt it'll happen. I'd love nothing more than an Albion win, but to help me overcome any disappointment, I managed to get 2.84 on a Blackburn win, so any personal disappointment will be off-set by some financial return. fratsomrover
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5:43pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Howie2 says...

I don't believe that we made any serious offer to Conway. We should have signed him on January 1 st . He obviously did not get any call from us and that is why we have so much difficulty scoring goals. This has to be Burkes biggest ever blunder !
I don't believe that we made any serious offer to Conway. We should have signed him on January 1 st . He obviously did not get any call from us and that is why we have so much difficulty scoring goals. This has to be Burkes biggest ever blunder ! Howie2
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