By Scott Taylor
Danny Ward is reportedly set to join Championship side Huddersfield Town on a season-long loan deal for the 2016/17 season, as he seeks regular game time. The Liverpool goalkeeper, 22, has made just two Premier League appearances for the Reds this season, the last coming in their 3-1 defeat at Swansea on Sunday. It is now being reported by national media that the goalkeeper is close to signing for Huddersfield, managed by former Borussia Dortmund youth coach David Wagner.
Ward has had two previous loan spells across the United Kingdom. In the 2014/15 season, he featured five times for League Two side Morecambe.
Then at the start of the current season, Ward was loaned to Scottish Premier League side Aberdeen, where he made 29 appearances, keeping 12 clean sheets.
Ward was recalled in January 2016, with many presuming to would get some more game time for the first team and challenge Simon Mignolet for the number 1 spot at Anfield.
However, the Wales international featured four times for Michael Beale’s U21s, captaining in the games againts Middlesborough and Sunderland in March 2016.
The promising goalkeeper has been on the bench for the majority of the Premier League games since January, fully asserting himself as the Reds’ number 2, and featured in the games against Bournemouth and Swansea.
Ward has also progressed through the youth teams with Wales and made his senior debut in March 2016, when he featured for 45 minutes in their 1-1 draw with Northern Ireland.
However, Ward has firmly established himself as Chris Coleman’s number two as well, so will be looking to use a potential loan to force his way into the side.
With Ward’s potential departure to Huddersfield, it opens up suggestions to the future of both Adam Bogdan and Simon Mignolet, with Cologne goalkeeper Timo Horn linked with a move to Merseyside.
Ward is the second Liverpool youngster to be linked with the Terriers after Daniel Trickett-Smith was linked with a move in the January transfer window.