Elliott Ward (Defender (loan))
19th Jan 1985 (na)Signed:
1st Aug 2003 (£0)Contract:
Details unknownPrevious Club:
Elliott Ward has long been touted as a promising prospect and is another product of Tony Carr's academy. Unfortunately injury hampered much of his early career, and it wasn't until the 04/05 campaign that he became a regular part of Alan Pardew's plans.
Ward - whose brother Darren almost joined his sibling at West Ham in the summer of 2004 - spent much of the 04/05 season on the bench behind a flurry of stop-gaps and loanees, but grabbed his chance when it finally came in the latter stages of the promotion season.
Partnered with fellow graduate Anton Ferdinand, the pair played a vital role at the heart of the defence in the final games of the season which culminated in promotion at the Millennium Stadium in May 2005.