Busy summer for Albion loanee

Stephen Ward

Stephen Ward

First published in Sport by , Chief sports reporter

Albion loanee Stephen Ward faces a shortened summer break, whether or not he makes it to Wembley in the play-offs.

The left-back borrowed from Wolves has been named by Martin O'Neill in a provisional squad of 32 for the Republic of Ireland's four friendlies in May and June.

They play Turkey on May 25, the day after the Championship play-off final.

They also face Italy at Craven Cottage on May 31 and then head off to the States for matches against Costa Rica in Philadelphia on June 6 and Portugal in New Jersey on June 10.

O'Neill will reduce the size of the squad ahead of them getting together on May 22.

Ward has won 20 caps for his country. The group also includes Richard Keogh, Jeff Hendrick and Connor Sammon from play-off rivals Derby County.

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1:58pm Fri 9 May 14

Aye Aye says...

I've been impressed by SW all season and would hope he forms part of OG's blueprint for next term. One of our more successful loanees who has certainly made a solid contribution so please don't let this one slip through our fingers!
I've been impressed by SW all season and would hope he forms part of OG's blueprint for next term. One of our more successful loanees who has certainly made a solid contribution so please don't let this one slip through our fingers! Aye Aye
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3:02pm Fri 9 May 14

Clean Sheet says...

Yes, it would be good to secure SW permanently.
Yes, it would be good to secure SW permanently. Clean Sheet
  • Score: 9

3:08pm Fri 9 May 14

Gee Jay says...

Has been an excellent replacement for Wayne Bridge (who may well have picked up the same injury with us as he did at Reading) .
Has been an excellent replacement for Wayne Bridge (who may well have picked up the same injury with us as he did at Reading) . Gee Jay
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3:39pm Fri 9 May 14

Jules boy says...

sign him up, my player of the season
sign him up, my player of the season Jules boy
  • Score: 17

7:00pm Fri 9 May 14

ballantrrae says...

Clean Sheet wrote:
Yes, it would be good to secure SW permanently.
Agreed and his goals have been priceless.
[quote][p][bold]Clean Sheet[/bold] wrote: Yes, it would be good to secure SW permanently.[/p][/quote]Agreed and his goals have been priceless. ballantrrae
  • Score: 6

9:46pm Fri 9 May 14

Marky24 says...

If we don't get him danny fox of saints will do or matt Taylor from west ham, a decent right back as well and a good English keeper for back up or replacement for kuzsak and Jon Taylor from Shrewsbury a very useful winger unlike lua lua who could not cross a road . Derby 0v2 Brighton ulloa 4,cms 94
If we don't get him danny fox of saints will do or matt Taylor from west ham, a decent right back as well and a good English keeper for back up or replacement for kuzsak and Jon Taylor from Shrewsbury a very useful winger unlike lua lua who could not cross a road . Derby 0v2 Brighton ulloa 4,cms 94 Marky24
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9:46pm Fri 9 May 14

OldGull says...

Please sign him up, player of the season
Please sign him up, player of the season OldGull
  • Score: 7

5:09pm Sat 10 May 14

tinker111 says...

Clean Sheet wrote:
Yes, it would be good to secure SW permanently.
He is the ONLY LOAN PLAYER WE HAVE WHO IS WORTH SIGNING JL& KA NOT UP TO STANDARD WE WANT AT ALBION
[quote][p][bold]Clean Sheet[/bold] wrote: Yes, it would be good to secure SW permanently.[/p][/quote]He is the ONLY LOAN PLAYER WE HAVE WHO IS WORTH SIGNING JL& KA NOT UP TO STANDARD WE WANT AT ALBION tinker111
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