Stephen Ward pens one-year loan deal with Brighton and Hove Albion

Left-back told by Wolves manager Kenny Jackett he was surplus to requirements and will link up with fellow Ireland international Keith Andrews on the south coast
Brighton and Hove Albion have completed the signing of Republic of Ireland full-back Stephen Ward on a season-long loan.

Ward had been allowed to leave Wolverhampton Wanderers to cut the club's wage bill following their relegation from the Championship. The 28-year-old is eligible to make his first appearance for the Seagulls on Saturday against Birmingham City.

Speaking to the club's official website, head coach Oscar Garcia spoke of his delight at snapping up the defender. “From the first day that we arrived here we knew that we needed a left-back," Garcia said. "Now we have Stephen and we think he can help us a lot. 

"He can also play as a winger, and we are happy that Stephen has joined us. He is fit enough to play and will be available on Saturday."

The former Bohemians player will join up with fellow Irish international Keith Andrews, who made his debut for the Seagulls last weekend.