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Perhaps memorable to Town fans as Exeter’s extremely shaky keeper during the ‘wind tunnel’ game of February 2021, Ward was considered unlikely to be anything more than backup to Jojo Wollacott when he signed after a trial in July of 2022, and indeed he spent the first three months of the season on the bench for league games, appearing only in the League Cup defeat to Cambridge and a Papa John’s game against Arsenal U21.
Wollacott’s surprise call-up to the Ghanaian national team squad gave Ward his opportunity in the league and he performed very creditably against former club Forest Green on his league debut in October, keeping his place for the Rochdale game that followed. His appearances for much of the rest of the season came when Wollacott was away, including during January’s Africa Cup of Nations when he played four consecutive games. He signed a new contract in December 2021 to remain at the club beyond the end of his first season.
Come the back-end of that season, Ward became Ben Garner’s first choice even with Wollacott in the country, starting Town’s final four games of the season and going into the playoff campaign as the man in possession of the gloves. His performances in goal were largely solid, although his distribution was occasionally targeted by opposition sides as he seemed less comfortable than Wollacott in playing possession across the back-line.
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