Ward eyes England move
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Republic of Ireland Under-21s star Stephen Ward is eager for a move to England.
Stephen Ward is hoping that his impressive displays for Republic of Ireland Under-21s will lead to a move to England.
The striker, who scored against Sweden's youngsters on Tuesday, is taking inspiration from Reading forward Kevin Doyle's rise to prominence.
Doyle, like Ward, played his club football in Ireland before being snapped up by Royals boss Steve Coppell last summer, and has now earned himself a call-up to the full Ireland squad for the friendly against Sweden.
Bohemians star Ward believes that he can follow in Doyle's footsteps, and having been watched by Ipswich manager Joe Royle this week, it seems as if English clubs are starting to take notice of his talents.
"You always want to go where you can challenge yourself and England is as good as it gets," he explained.
"I would love to go over and give it a try but I'm contracted with Bohs for another two years and I'm just looking forward to the new season starting now.
"You never know what could happen though. Look at Kevin (Doyle). He is an inspiration to everyone who plays in the Eircom League, and shown just what is possible.
"He has done superbly well since joining Reading and now he is in the senior squad as well. He gives everyone hope."