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Ward on way to Scunthorpe on short-term deal

 

Northern Ireland international Jamie Ward has joined League Two side Scunthorpe United on a short-term contract until January. (stock photo)
Northern Ireland international Jamie Ward has joined League Two side Scunthorpe United on a short-term contract until January. (stock photo)

By Graham Luney

Northern Ireland international Jamie Ward has joined League Two side Scunthorpe United on a short-term contract until January.

The 33-year-old frontman has been without a club since being released by Nottingham Forest at the end of last season.

Ward, whose last Northern Ireland appearance was in a friendly against the Republic of Ireland in November, could be in line to make his debut for the Irons against Bradford City this afternoon.

The experienced former Aston Villa player has won 35 caps and scored four goals for his adopted country.

"I need to start playing football again, first and foremost," said Ward.

"I've joined a good club, I know a few of the lads and they've spoke highly of the club.

"It suits both parties. I've not played much in the last 12 months or so.

"I've got to hit the ground running, work hard and see what happens in January. 

"It's all about hard work and that's what comes with my game naturally anyhow."

Irons boss Paul Hurst added: "He wears his heart on his sleeve and fans can see what he's about.

"He's itching and ready to go. He has admitted himself that he won't be the fittest he can be, but in three or four weeks certainly. 

 "He's definitely in a shape where he can contribute now though.

"We'll get through training on Friday and then make a decision on what we do."

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