Ward officially a Fire player

The Fire have finalized a loan deal for Tottenham midfielder Grant Ward. The 19 year old impressed the technical staff during a trial period in preseason but suffered a broken foot while training in England as the Fire and Tottenham were close to getting a deal done. Ward underwent surgery to repair a fractured fifth metatarsal on March 11 so there were obvious details that needed to be worked out in order to close the deal.

Now that the club has more knowledge of the extent of the injury and some comfort in the process of Ward's rehabilitation, which will take place take in England, the Fire pursued finalizing the loan agreement. With injuries of this nature players are usually sidelined for 8-10 weeks which would mean Ward could be ready to contribute some time in June or July. He'll be a welcome addition.

By adding Ward the Fire now have 29 signed players on the roster but only 27 are currently active. Orr Barouch is on the disabled list while recovering from his own foot injury.

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  • As much as many of us like Nyarko, I wonder if this may signal his eventual departure from the team given his recent form, or lack of. From what I saw in preseason, I thought Ward looked good and could easily fill the hole if Nyarko went down.

  • In reply to MReichert:

    I wouldn't write him off after only 2 games.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    It's not just after two games. I don't think he's been playing his usual game as effectively since he was out a couple of games last season with a concussion. We'll see what he can do coming off this suspension, but I haven't been very impressed with him this preseason and season.

  • Didn't see much of Ward in preseason, except the goal highlights. Those always look good. But Yallop seems to have made a good pickup in Watson - again based on a short amount of time. So I'm optimistic about Ward when he comes back.

    It is a big change to see energetic and smart players on the field for the Fire. I feel like it's been a while since we've had such an infusion of youth, though I have mixed feelings about the way Berry was handled. Still in the midfield in particular, and to some degree at fullback (Marco Franco) we have some interesting, intelligent, and potentially explosive options. Ward only adds to the versatility of the midfield. I just wonder what's going to happen when we have two injuries in the back (I know Ianni... but still....) or the next time Magee's out. Hell, we don't even know if Magee will be able to do what he did last year! He could have the same kind of year that Wondo did last year - hangover year after a career season.

    NY will be an interesting test all around. I feel a torching from Henry and Cahill coming on... here's hoping Big Red can stifle Cahill and cut off service to Henry - that'll be a challenge for our young middies as well, esp if we have guys like Shipp and Joya on the side, who prefer a middle of the park position.

  • I fear Soumare getting roasted by Henry and conceding a penalty.

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