Ward explains why he turned down Ipswich and Leeds to sign for Palace

07:20 31 May 2012

Joel Ward has signed for Crystal Palace

Joel Ward has signed for Crystal Palace

PA Archive/Press Association Images

The former Portsmouth man wants to work with Dougie Freedman

Crystal Palace’s new signing Joel Ward has revealed that working with Dougie Freedman was the reason why he chose to move to the Eagles.

The 22-year-old impressed for crisis-club Portsmouth and had been linked with moves to Leeds and Ipswich but, after meeting the Palace manager, he opted to move to Selhurst Park.

“I met Dougie on a couple of occasions and he is very positive and very driven about where he wants the club to go,” Ward said.

“He has got a vision for the club and he wants to take it forward and take it to the Premier League.”

Freeedman is developing a reputation of developing young players as a manager, with Nathaniel Clyne and Wilfried Zaha starring under the Scot’s guidance.

Related articles

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Crystal Palace news

Manager Alan Pardew of Crystal Palace (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

Palace boss Alan Pardew was left to bemoan a string of decisions where he felt referee Mark Clattenburg was in the wrong as the Eagles lost 2-0 at home to Hull City.

Dame N'Doye of Hull City scores the opening goal   (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

Dame N’Doye’s second-half brace handed Hull a vital chink of light in their Premier League survival bid, as Steve Bruce’s men won 2-0 at Crystal Palace.

Manager Alan Pardew of Crystal Palace (Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images)

Alan Pardew is weighing up chasing a big-name summer signing to boost Crystal Palace’s profile as the Eagles battle to hold onto their top talent.

Weekend Betting tips

This weekend’s betting tips include four ties across the Premier League with two crucial London derby fixtures.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Crystal Palace Transfer

Wed, 07:16
Jay Rodriguez of Southampton   (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

With the season drawing to an end, a number of clubs will be looking for the perfect summer in the transfer market to get them on track for a big year. Here is our handy round-up of the best transfer stories from around the web.

Read more
Emmanuel Adebayor
Tue, 07:13
Liverpool player Raheem Sterling (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

With the season coming to an end and plenty of teams already knowing their destiny in regards to the summer, transfers are becoming a priority. Here is our handy round-up of the best stories on the web featuring Arsenal, Chelsea, West Ham, Crystal Palace, QPR, Liverpool and Spurs.

Read more
Lukas Podolski