One to Watch #28: Danny Ward

Last updated : 05 January 2010 By Dan Buxton


Name: Danny Ward

Date of Birth:  11th December 1991

Position: Striker/Central Midfielder

Club: Bolton

Previous Clubs: Leeds United

Attacking midfielder, who started out as a striker, and is the bright prospect at the Reebok Stadium at the minute.

He was signed from Leeds in 2007 after being involved in a player swap deal with  a then Bolton player. He is described as a big, strong powerful player but one whose rise through the ranks has been disrupted by injuries.

Despite the aforementioned injuries he has still been able to make his Premier League debut, and indeed a second appearance, as he came off the bench in both of the Wanderers opening two league games this season, against Sunderland and Hull, before securing a loan move in late 2009, scoring his first professional goal for Swindon against Yeovil on 28th December, two weeks after turning 18.

He is still technically with the academy and has impressed for academy and reserves, hauling the U18 side to an early season 2nd position in the league, when the Potters were flying high in third alongside them, although they have struggled since he went to Swindon on loan.

Ward will be hoping that his loan move will have been suffice for him to impress enough, and develop enough, to be given a run in the matchday squad upon his return to the Reebok, and that new manager Owen Coyle will be looking to inject a bit of youth into the Wanderers forward line.