By Scott Taylor
Danny Ward has signed a new long-term contract at Premier League side Liverpool. The goalkeeper, 22, signed from Wrexham in January 2012 for approximately ยฃ100,000, has been a regular in the Reds’ Under-21 side. Ward will now provide competition to both Simon Mignolet and Adam Bogdan after Brad Jones was released from the club.
The Wales Under-21 international spend a month of last season on loan at League Two side Morecambe, and impressed in his five games in the Football League. The shot-stopper also spent a large amount of last season on the substitute’s bench for Brendan Rodgers’ first-team due to Jones’ injuries. Despite this, he is yet to make a senior appearance for the Reds.
He has been capped four times by Wales Under-21s, and made the step up to the national side in 2013. The new deal does put a uncertainty to the futures of both Lawrence Vigouroux and Ryan Fulton. Due to the signing of Bogdan, Ward will again find opportunities limited in the first-team and may have to get game time in the Under-21s. This will hamper the progress of both Vigouroux and Fulton, who are now too old to represent the Under-18s. It is therefore likely that if one of them wants to play regular football next season, then they may have to be sent out on loan, just like Ward did this season.