Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed the permanent summer departure of Grant Ward. The 21-year-old winger has signed a three-year deal with Championship outfit Ipswich Town with the option of a further 12 months after the two clubs agreed an undisclosed fee for his services.
"We have reached agreement with Ipswich for the transfer of Grant Ward," the Premier League title contenders communicated via their official website. "The midfielder joined our academy full-time in July 2011, and has since represented us at Under-18 and Under-21 levels, in addition to playing for the senior side during our tour of Malaysia and Australia in May 2015. We wish Grant all the best for the future."
Ward failed to make a single senior appearance during his formative years at White Hart Lane, instead being dispatched for loan spells with Major League Soccer (MLS) outfit Chicago Fire, Coventry City and Rotherham United. He played 43 times across all competitions for the Millers as they engineered a stunning turnaround to achieve second-tier survival in 2015/16, becoming a permanent fixture under Steve Evans, Neil Redfearn and Neil Warnock before beating Jerry Yates and Jonson Clarke-Harris to be named as the club's Young Player of the Year.
He also scooped their Goal of the Season award for a superb 25-yard strike during a 2-1 defeat to champions Burnley at the New York Stadium in October 2015. Ward is the third signing made by vastly experienced Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy so far this summer, with former loanee Paul Digby joining on a full-time basis from Barnsley and fellow defender Adam Webster arriving as part of a£750,000 deal that saw Matt Clarke head to Portsmouth. Academy midfielder Andre Dozzell, who scored on his professional debut at Sheffield Wednesday in April, also put pen to paper on a two-year contract.
Ward could make his debut for the Tractor Boys on Saturday (6 August) as they begin the new campaign against newly-promoted Barnsley at Portman Road and is also the first player to be sold by Tottenham during the current transfer window. Young duo Christopher Paul and Charlie Hayford joined Queens Park Rangers and Wednesday at the end of their respective contracts, while fellow academy talents Armani Daly and Emmanuel Sonupe were also released.