Former West Ham defender
Elliott Ward became Paul Lambert's second
signing of the 2010 pre-season when he agreed to join Norwich
on a two year contract from Coventry City on a free transfer.
The deal was announced on 26th May 2010 and will be completed
on July 1st 2010
Ward came through the youth ranks at West Ham United and made
21 appearances in all competitions for the Hammers and had loan
spells at Bristol Rovers and Plymouth Argyle in July and December
The Harrow-born centre-back moved to Coventry City £1 million
in June 2006, becoming their first million pound player for five
The 25-year-old captained Coventry and became their penalty taker
during his time at the Ricoh Arena, where he made 126 appearances,
scoring 16 goals. During 2009/10 Ward spent time on loan at Doncaster
Rovers and Preston North End.
Norwich City boss Paul Lambert told the club's official website:
"He's played at a higher level and in big games for West
Ham and has good experience of the Championship. He's a good age,
has stature and presence at the back and comes with good pedigree
and he'll hopefully do well with us."
He made his City debut in the 3-2 home defeat to Watford on 6th
August 2010. The season improved and ended with Norwich winning
promotion to the Premiership with a 1-0 win over Portsmouth on
2nd May 2011. Ward made 41 appearances, scoring once.
Ward missed a large part of the Premiership season through injury
and ended the season with just 13 appearances.
Injured at the beginning of the 2012/13 pre-season, he was omitted
from Chris Hughton's 25 man Premier League squad. He was then
the subject of a loan bid from Bristol City in early September
2012 but personal terms could not be agreed.
On 26th October 2012, Ward was loaned to Notts Forest until 29th
December 2012 with view to a permanent deal. Injuries to Forest
defenders Daniel Ayala and Sam Hutchinson
forced the Forest manager into the loan market. "We are
little bit light defensively and Elliott gives us flexibility,"
said Sean O'Driscoll to BBC Radio Nottingham. "Ayala may
be out for up to three weeks with a hamstring injury and Hutchinson
is having tests on a knee problem. We were always lacking a defender
from the start of the season. Elliott is flexible. He can play
left-sided or right-sided in a four. I had him at Doncaster so
know his character. He did really well for me. He has been part
of a promotion-winning team at Norwich so has that mentality and
knows what it takes in the Championship. He has expressed his
desire to come when he had one or two other options, but there
are no guarantees. He will fit into the group well character-wise,
he was available and there is the possibility we could sign him
on a permanent basis. There are lots of things that fitted together
and now he has to prove it on the pitch."
Ward made 12 Championship appearances for Forest during the two-and-a-half
month loan spell. New Forest manager Alex McLeish revealed on
7th January 2013 that he wants to bring Ward back to Nottingham
Forest. McLeish said: We are looking at Ward. That is
a situation that is on-going. We are talking to Norwich about
that one. We want to get him back, it is possible, but it depends
on the kind of deal that can be done. We are probably looking
at another loan, just so I can have a look at him, perhaps with
a view to making it more permanent beyond that.
On 11th January 2013, Ward rejoined Forest on loan until the
end of the season and scored on 12th January. He made 31 appearances
for Forest, scoring three goals.
On 20th May 2013, Norwich announced that they would not be renewing
the contracts of Ward and nine other players when they expired
at the end of June 2013. He had made 55 appearances for City.
Ward signed a one year deal with Bournemotuh on 18th June 2013.
"We believe in him as a player and a person. He ticks
all the boxes for us," said boss Eddie Howe. "He
is a really good athlete, he's excellent in both boxes and he's
a real physical presence. Not only that but he is also technically
an excellent footballer, which fits in with our philosophy and
how we want to play out from the back and how we want our defence
to be able to handle the ball. He is a leader as well, he's experienced
and he knows the division, so for all those aspects I think he's
a really important signing for us."
Although Ward did not make many appearances in the 2014/15 season,
he was part of the Bournemouth squad that won promotion to the
Premer League (he played just three games).
On 9th September 2015, he was loaned to Bournemouth on a 28 day
loan. "I think I now have good experience of what the
Championship is all about and what it takes to win games and get
up the division" said Ward. He made five appearances before returning to Bournemouth for treatment on a a knee injury. He was then loaned back to Huddersfield at the end of November 2015.
Ward was released from his Bournemouth contract on 19th January 2016 and signed the following day for Paul Lambert's Blackburn on a two and a half year deal.