He played two halves of football, scored two stunning goals and in both games his all-round quality stood out.
As auditions go, Grant Ward’s was a Carlsberg one!
Rotherham United have snapped up the Tottenham Hotspur youngster on a loan deal and might just have found a youngster ready to make a big impression in the Championship.
“I’m up for the challenge and believe I’m ready for this level,” the 20-year-old said. “I think I can bring energy, workrate and hopefully some goals.”
The Star understands the 20-year-old, who has been training with the Millers, has signed a six-month deal at AESSEAL New York Stadium, taking him into January next year.
And he’d be happy to extend that to a full season if things work out for him at AESSEAL New York Stadium.
“I’d be up for that, definitely,” said the central midfielder who learned of Rotherham’s interest on just the second day of pre-season training with his Premier League club.
“My academy coach took me to one side, told me about it and asked me if I was interested in going up there,” he said. “I said ‘yeah’. I was really keen,”
The idea was for club and player to take a look at each other, and the fit was so immediate that the loan, although announced yesterday, was actually agreed late last week - before his superb strike in Saturday’s 3-0 Millers victory at Stocksbridge Park Steels.
Fans had their first glimpse of him when he played the second half of Rotherham’s 6-0 win against Parkgate FC last Wednesday. His touch, balance and speed were instantly evident and his long-range strike, hit perfectly and with fierce bend, was the goal of the night.
He followed up with an impressive first-half display at Steels, smacking in the second goal with a 20-yard sledgehammer shot. The boy can certainly hit a ball.
Ward has yet to make a senior appearance at White Hart Lane, but played 11 games on loan at Coventry City last season. Sources in the Midlands say he was a major factor in the Sky Blues securing their League One status and believe he is more than capable of handling the leap to the second tier of English football.
“I enjoyed it there and was pleased with how it went,” he said. “It taught me a lot about league football. Every player wants to play at the highest level he can and now I want to make the next step up.”
Manager Steve Evans said of his eighth summer signing: “Everyone inside the football club, none more so than the players, will be delighted to hear the news that we have now completed the signing of Grant.
“Grant has a big career in front of him and he now has the opportunity to make steps up the ladder with a successful loan spell with the Millers.”