Ward: Staying put is still an option

Darren Ward

Darren Ward

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DARREN Ward has suggested that he may well still be a Swindon Town player by the start of the new season, despite interest in him from other clubs around the Football League.

The centre-back, who skippered the Robins in the first half of their 2-0 friendly defeat at Banbury United on Friday night, is understood to have had the offer of a two-year contract at Brentford put in front of him recently and for a while a move to west London appeared imminent.

However, that switch seems to have hit a snag and now the 34-year-old has hinted that he may remain at the County Ground as he enters the final 12 months of an 18-month contract in Wiltshire.

When asked by the Advertiser if he would be playing for Swindon this season, Ward said: “Hopefully, we’re chatting at the minute. I’ve enjoyed my time here, it’s a great club but we’ve got to see how certain things go. Up to a certain point it’s not up to me. I’ve told them what I’d like to do and we’ll see what happens.

“There have been quite a few clubs interested but first and foremost I would like to see what happens at Swindon. I would like to play there, I’ve made that clear. I’m ambitious and I also made that clear last season.

“We’ll see what goes on over the next week and see where we are.

“It’s obviously a different situation and football can change so quickly it’s incredible. You look at last season and the differences and ins and outs were amazing.

“I’m just interested to see what happens here, but we’ve got to wait and see. It would be silly for me to say this or that.”

Ward stressed that the situation was not unsettling for him and that press speculation in his eyes is best left unread.

“It is what it is. People have got to do their jobs and I don’t understand it. It’s not to say I’m totally against the press, I do things in my time and focus on things which are more important – with all due respect,” he said.

“People are entitled to pick up papers and people want to pick up papers to read what people have to say. I’ve no issues with that whatsoever but if we sidetracked our thoughts as players into the wrong areas and thought about what you thought about me, or what rating you gave me, let’s be honest it doesn’t really matter.

“It’s what we do on the pitch because if we do well everyone is excited and it gives everyone more stories and keeps people happy.”

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6:55am Mon 8 Jul 13

mandrossian says...

Bit cryptic there from Ward. Looks like he is waiting to see how good our squad actually is before deciding whether to stay to captain us. In my view we are now shaping up nicely and he would be the ideal man to lead us.
Bit cryptic there from Ward. Looks like he is waiting to see how good our squad actually is before deciding whether to stay to captain us. In my view we are now shaping up nicely and he would be the ideal man to lead us. mandrossian
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7:53am Mon 8 Jul 13

3ampcb says...

"that switch seems to have hit a snag"

For that read "Brentford don't want me"

Stuck with players who don't really want to be here because nobody else wants them................
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"that switch seems to have hit a snag" For that read "Brentford don't want me" Stuck with players who don't really want to be here because nobody else wants them................ ......... 3ampcb
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8:07am Mon 8 Jul 13

Ossie90 says...

I think he is waiting to see if we are able to field a competitive team.
I think he is waiting to see if we are able to field a competitive team. Ossie90
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10:01am Mon 8 Jul 13

Townend80 says...

3ampcb wrote:
"that switch seems to have hit a snag"

For that read "Brentford don't want me"

Stuck with players who don't really want to be here because nobody else wants them................

.........
Not the case, brentford offered Wardy a two year deal (ideal for someone his age) but he'd also had to take a pay cut which he was not prepared to do, so he's turned them down. I fully expect to see him in a town shirt next season.
[quote][p][bold]3ampcb[/bold] wrote: "that switch seems to have hit a snag" For that read "Brentford don't want me" Stuck with players who don't really want to be here because nobody else wants them................ .........[/p][/quote]Not the case, brentford offered Wardy a two year deal (ideal for someone his age) but he'd also had to take a pay cut which he was not prepared to do, so he's turned them down. I fully expect to see him in a town shirt next season. Townend80
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10:02am Mon 8 Jul 13

Townend80 says...

3ampcb wrote:
"that switch seems to have hit a snag"

For that read "Brentford don't want me"

Stuck with players who don't really want to be here because nobody else wants them................

.........
Not the case, brentford offered Wardy a two year deal (ideal for someone his age) but he'd also had to take a pay cut which he was not prepared to do, so he's turned them down. I fully expect to see him in a town shirt next season.
[quote][p][bold]3ampcb[/bold] wrote: "that switch seems to have hit a snag" For that read "Brentford don't want me" Stuck with players who don't really want to be here because nobody else wants them................ .........[/p][/quote]Not the case, brentford offered Wardy a two year deal (ideal for someone his age) but he'd also had to take a pay cut which he was not prepared to do, so he's turned them down. I fully expect to see him in a town shirt next season. Townend80
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11:01am Mon 8 Jul 13

billbst says...

Is there room to negotiate a 2 year deal (1 year extension) but at a lower wage. Overall package worth more to Wardy but a reduction in salary now to get it more in line going forward. (possibly similar to Brentford's offer) How about adding in defence coaching in the second year. I think he is ideal to have around the technically gifted ones who still have a lot to learn.
Is there room to negotiate a 2 year deal (1 year extension) but at a lower wage. Overall package worth more to Wardy but a reduction in salary now to get it more in line going forward. (possibly similar to Brentford's offer) How about adding in defence coaching in the second year. I think he is ideal to have around the technically gifted ones who still have a lot to learn. billbst
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12:38pm Mon 8 Jul 13

hinckleyred says...

Be massive for us to keep him
So glad Brentford completely messed this up
Be massive for us to keep him So glad Brentford completely messed this up hinckleyred
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3:15pm Mon 8 Jul 13

1969andallthat says...

The board don't want to spend a penny more than they have to.
The board don't want to spend a penny more than they have to. 1969andallthat
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4:27pm Mon 8 Jul 13

stfcdod says...

1969andallthat wrote:
The board don't want to spend a penny more than they have to.
Sensible board then.
[quote][p][bold]1969andallthat[/bold] wrote: The board don't want to spend a penny more than they have to.[/p][/quote]Sensible board then. stfcdod
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5:19pm Mon 8 Jul 13

dazzastfc says...

I’m ambitious and I also made that clear last season.
THATS WHY YOU LEFT THE CHAMPIONSHIP FOR DIV 3

WHY SHOULD STFC BE BENDING OVER BACK WARDS FOR A PLAYER THAT DONT WONT TO BE HERE..

He has a year left on his contract..
I cant see ANY CLUB paying a fee for A slow 34 year old player who cant pass a ball ten yards

He was happy to sign on big money last season when no one else wonted him and that includes Millwall..

Personally I would make him stay and make him sit on the youth bench...
I’m ambitious and I also made that clear last season. THATS WHY YOU LEFT THE CHAMPIONSHIP FOR DIV 3 WHY SHOULD STFC BE BENDING OVER BACK WARDS FOR A PLAYER THAT DONT WONT TO BE HERE.. He has a year left on his contract.. I cant see ANY CLUB paying a fee for A slow 34 year old player who cant pass a ball ten yards He was happy to sign on big money last season when no one else wonted him and that includes Millwall.. Personally I would make him stay and make him sit on the youth bench... dazzastfc
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6:06pm Mon 8 Jul 13

LeGod says...

Dazzastfc- stupid comments mate. You don't have to have burning pace to be a centre back not many are
Ward is an experienced defender and leader and reads the game which comes with experience so his lack of pace is made up of his reading of the game. Ward is a good player and someone we need.
Dazzastfc- stupid comments mate. You don't have to have burning pace to be a centre back not many are Ward is an experienced defender and leader and reads the game which comes with experience so his lack of pace is made up of his reading of the game. Ward is a good player and someone we need. LeGod
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6:30pm Mon 8 Jul 13

dazzastfc says...

LeGod wrote:
Dazzastfc- stupid comments mate. You don't have to have burning pace to be a centre back not many are
Ward is an experienced defender and leader and reads the game which comes with experience so his lack of pace is made up of his reading of the game. Ward is a good player and someone we need.
I dont think he is a good player BUT that's my opinion...
You think he is.that your opinion great..

Gives away a lot of silly free kicks as he it very slow..
Defenders cant be slow these days as players are a lot faster than they used to be..
Cant pass a ball
Every time he clears it it goes out for a throwing..
But as i said thats my opinion and as a paying customer i am entitled to it..
[quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: Dazzastfc- stupid comments mate. You don't have to have burning pace to be a centre back not many are Ward is an experienced defender and leader and reads the game which comes with experience so his lack of pace is made up of his reading of the game. Ward is a good player and someone we need.[/p][/quote]I dont think he is a good player BUT that's my opinion... You think he is.that your opinion great.. Gives away a lot of silly free kicks as he it very slow.. Defenders cant be slow these days as players are a lot faster than they used to be.. Cant pass a ball Every time he clears it it goes out for a throwing.. But as i said thats my opinion and as a paying customer i am entitled to it.. dazzastfc
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7:04pm Mon 8 Jul 13

avo says...

1969andallthat wrote:
The board don't want to spend a penny more than they have to.
Had a crop of 10 strawberries off my plants today, well chuffed.
[quote][p][bold]1969andallthat[/bold] wrote: The board don't want to spend a penny more than they have to.[/p][/quote]Had a crop of 10 strawberries off my plants today, well chuffed. avo
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7:17pm Mon 8 Jul 13

stfcdod says...

avo wrote:
1969andallthat wrote:
The board don't want to spend a penny more than they have to.
Had a crop of 10 strawberries off my plants today, well chuffed.
This is just not good enough Avo. I think you must be hiding something as this is looking very suspicious. I just don't trust you to tell me the truth.
[quote][p][bold]avo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]1969andallthat[/bold] wrote: The board don't want to spend a penny more than they have to.[/p][/quote]Had a crop of 10 strawberries off my plants today, well chuffed.[/p][/quote]This is just not good enough Avo. I think you must be hiding something as this is looking very suspicious. I just don't trust you to tell me the truth. stfcdod
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