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SWINDON TOWN: Hall hails Ward effect
YOUNG defender Grant Hall believes centre-back partner Darren Ward will make a great coach when he eventually hangs up his boots, but is confident he still has plenty of years left in him.
The pair are forming a blossoming relationship at the heart of the Robins defence having come together in the summer, Ward is waiting to sign a new contract with the Robins which is set to offer him a route into coaching and Hall believes his teammate is the perfect person to go into that side of the game.
“He knows a lot about the game and he knows what he’s talking about, and I can see him going into the coaching side of things when he finishes,” he said.
“I think he’s still got plenty of years in him, especially if he sticks to his diet, and he’s ridiculously fit.
“He can play another few years for sure, but with a lot of young lads in the group he has been very helpful to everyone on and off the pitch.”
Hall appreciates Ward’s input both in game situations and at the training ground, and believes his influence is helping him improve as a player.
“We are working on me and him as a partnership, and he helps me out a lot in a positional sense, because we have to play well as the centre-backs are a key part of the team,” he said.
“For him to talk to me is important because the experience he has is key and I’m only young so I benefit a lot from that.
“I talk to Wardy when we play as well as some of the other more experienced players and it’s good to have that to be able to rely on.
“We’ve seen some of the things he eats and the way he is in training and he’s very professional and a very good guy to have around.
“I like to eat healthily and he does that a lot.
“He’s playing at a very good level at the age of 34 and is still one of the fittest in the team. If you need anything you can go to him and ask him.
“I have a good mixed diet, but his is pretty drastic so I’m not sure about that for me, but he’s a very good pro and we can learn an awful lot from that.”
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