FOOTBALL - Defender Ward becomes Leamington's fourth summer signing - The Leamington Observer

FOOTBALL - Defender Ward becomes Leamington's fourth summer signing

Aaron Sutcliffe 4th Jul, 2024 Updated: 9th Jul, 2024   0

LEAMINGTON have confirmed the signing of defender George Ward who becomes the club’s fourth summer addition.

The Brakes secured Ward’s signature ahead of a host of other clubs after the versatile 22-year-old impressed for Southern League Premier Central side Barwell.

Ward scooped a hat-trick of end-of-season awards following the conclusion of the 2023/24 campaign and now makes the step up to the National League North with the Brakes.

Ward said: “When I first spoke to the gaffer he told me about his project and his plan to bring in young, hungry players and it really stood out to me, as I felt I matched that profile.

“In terms of the upcoming season, I’ve matured a lot as a player in the last couple years at Step Three with Barwell and feel I’m ready for a new challenge with a great club like Leamington in such a competitive league.”

Leamington boss Paul Holleran added: “I’m absolutely delighted to get him on board. He’s another promising young player who has played consistently well for the last two seasons at Step Three with Barwell, and is certainly ready to step up into the National League.

“He is like a lot of players we have signed over the years in that he is a good age, and we feel like he has got the potential to do well at the next step, so we’ll see where that takes him. He ticks a lot of boxes for us. We’re really looking forward to working with him, and hope he has a successful and enjoyable time at Leamington.”

Ward can play across the defence and previously turned out for Loughborough Students while studying at university – helping them reach the FA Vase semi-finals in 2022.

He later moved to Weymouth in the National League South before a return to university saw him link up with Barwell on dual registration.

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