Stephen Ward joins Brighton on loan
Irish full-back leaves Molineux after six years at Wolves
Stephen Ward (left) has left Wolves for Brighton. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Ward’s wages meant he was effectively frozen out of the first-team set-up at Wolves following their relegation to League One. He will now to return to the Championship with Brighton, where he will link up with fellow Irish international Keith Andrews, who also joined on loan last week from Bolton Wanderers.
“Stephen has moved to Brighton on a long-term loan and we wish him all the best and thank him for his considerable service to Wolves,” said manager at Molineux Kenny Jackett. “We all hope that his new career at Brighton goes very well.”
The versatile former Bohemians striker made 230 appearances for Wolves, playing up front, on the left wing and, mainly, in defence.
Brighton manager Oscar Garcia sees Ward as a fit for both defence and midfield.
“From the first day we arrived here we knew we needed a left-back,” said Garcia. “Stephen can help us a lot and he can also play as a winger. We are happy that Stephen has joined and he is fit enough to play.”
Ward is available to make his debut against Birmingham City on Saturday.