More contract news! Tottenham Hotspur announced today that 20-year old winger Grant Ward has has signed a new contract that will keep him a Tottenham player through 2018. Ward, who started the year on a six month loan to Rotherham United, has also had that loan deal extended to the end of the season.
In the pantheon of U21 loan deals, Ward's loan has been pretty successful. Number 12 on our summer list of Tottenham youth prospects, Ward has been a regular starter for the Millers in the Championship this season, scoring two goals. He's been impressing manager Neil Reddfearn, and although Rotherham are near the bottom of the Championship table, Reddfearn has been quick to praise his performances and eager to continue his loan.
"For a young player, Grant has shown a lot of resilience," Reddfearn added. "He has been in the middle of the 5-2 defeat against Ipswich and he was in the middle of the 4-0 win against Bolton, so he has been in the middle of both ends, which is fantastic experience.
"He gives you athleticism. He has got the confidence to pick up the ball between the lines and turn and get at defenders. We are trying to make him aware of his capability of scoring, I think there are more goals in him. His ability to get us up the pitch quickly is a big feature in how we are playing."
It's not the splashy new signing that most Spurs fans were hoping for in the transfer window, but Ward is showing every indication that he could have a chance to make an impact at Tottenham in the future. That's worth celebrating. Congrats to Ward on the loan extension and the new Tottenham deal.