Blackpool Football Club can confirm the signing of attacking midfielder Grant Ward on an initial 18-month contract, with the Club having a further 12-month option.
The 25-year-old links up with the Seasiders as a free agent, having most recently been on the books of Ipswich Town, where he made 98 appearances and scored eight goals, including a hat-trick on his debut.
Prior to joining the Tractor Boys for an undisclosed fee from Tottenham Hotspur, Ward impressed on loan at Rotherham United, winning the Millers’ Young Player of the Season and Goal of the Season awards in 2016.
A player with strong Championship pedigree, the Club has seen off competition from a number of other sides to bring Grant to Bloomfield Road.
Chief Executive Ben Mansford said:
“We are delighted to have signed Grant. There was a lot of competition for his signature. I trust the fact that Grant chose Blackpool shows that we are firmly back in terms of attracting some of the best talent for this league, as well as evidencing the ambition and intent that Simon Sadler has brought to the Club.
“Grant is a young man with his best years ahead of him, who comes having had a good upbringing at Tottenham and proven experience of League One and in particular the Championship. Grant’s aspiration to be playing back in the Championship matches ours. Grant will add competition to the squad and this signing will start off our winter recruitment plans. Welcome Grant.”
Grant Ward added:
“I’ve spoken to the manager and the owner and they’ve welcomed me with open arms. I’m coming to a team that wants to progress and the owner wants the area to do well. I’m excited to be part of it.”