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Tottenham loanee wins two year-end awards with Championship club

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There haven't been that many Tottenham Hotspur players that have gone out on loan this season. Only a handful have gone out to other clubs, which is low, especially when you look at the player loan heyday of the Harry Redknapp years when it wasn't uncommon to see dozens of young players out.

Of the loanees this season, most of them have had pretty successful stints away from White Hart Lane. Take Grant Ward, for example: the 21 year old attacking midfielder made 43 appearances for the Millers this season, including 32 starts. Rotherham didn't have the best of seasons, but they'll finish above the relegation zone, and Ward was a fixture in the Millers' side. His numbers don't pop – only two goals and one assist on the season – but his performances were solid enough for him to win Young Player of the Season and Goal of the Season awards at Rotherham's year-end banquet.

These are fantastic achievements for a young academy graduate who's been out on loan at Coventry and Chicago Fire the past couple of seasons. Though he only scored two goals this year with Rotherham, the Goal of the Season-winning strike was an absolute beauty, and it came back in October in a 2-1 home loss to now-promoted Burnley. If you missed it (and you probably did), here it is.

I don't know what Ward's future looks like at Tottenham Hotspur. He's obviously good enough to play at the Championship level and still has time to improve, but he'll be behind a lot of great players in Spurs' first team next season and it's very unlikely he'll be ready to make an impact on the side. Another loan, or a sale, is probable. But Ward's performances at Rotherham this season shows that he's got a great deal of potential, and he'll have all preseason to see if he can impress Mauricio Pochettino.