Sean Dyche Confirms Irish Defender Stephen Ward’s Burnley Exit
Burnley supervisor Sean Dyche has confirmed that Irish defender Stephen Ward will likely be leaving the membership this summer season after his contract expires.
Ward spent 5 years at Turf Moor and revamped 100 appearances for the Clarets after becoming a member of from Wolves in 2014 however solely featured 11 instances for Burnley this season.
The previous Irish worldwide had fallen behind Charlie Taylor within the left-back place at Burnley however was concerned within the matchday squad by Dyche for the sport towards Arsenal on Sunday.
Dyche defined that he included him as he needed to provide the 33-year-old the “respect he’s due” however opted for 3 attacking substitutions as a substitute of bringing Ward on.
“I needed to attempt to get Wardy on, Wardy received’t be getting a brand new contract with us. That’s why he was concerned. I needed him concerned and to attempt to get him on, however clearly, we have been chasing the win,” stated Dyche who left defender Ben Gibson out of the matchday squad to accommodate Ward.
“I stated to Gibbo we needed to cowl Tarky (James Tarkowski) as a result of he hadn’t educated hardly in any respect after having just a little one, and we needed to maintain the strikers and large gamers on, so I stated to Gibbo I needed to pay Wardy the respect he’s due.
“He’s been a powerful servant for us, and Gibbo is a superb professional and revered that. We now have to make selections, easy as that. And there will likely be extra over the summer season.
“He (Ward) has been good for us, completely good, he’s accomplished a incredible job.”
Ward just lately retired from worldwide soccer this 12 months after profitable 50 caps for the Boys in Inexperienced over a seven-year stint.