Portsmouth - What now for Joel Ward?
UK time is: 15:34:55
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

What now for Joel Ward?

'Joel Ward's next move will be as a squad player with Pompey', not my vote, yours - although these findings from pompeyrug's poll are thoughts that I think, at this point in time, I would agree with to be honest and do 'hope' remain the case...

Joel has been on the fringes of the squad for the past 12-18-months now, although he 'looked' as though he had finally made the breakthrough to being a regular 1st team performer now.

I have to say that I had always felt that he had the attributes to be a very good central defender and did not think he was quite suited to play at right back but he had certainly grown into the role and was getting better all the time, which meant he was unfortunate to go straight out of the side as soon as Steve Cotterill could bring in a replacement, as has happened with the arrival of Greg Halford.

Halford is a recognised right back and his ability 'should' enable Liam Lawrence's quality to be used to an even greater level, so in some ways you can see why Cotterill was so keen to bring in a specialised right back - and to be fair he is a decent footballer.

Ward, for me, does - or at least 'should' - have a long-term future with the club, Cotterill said it would be as a right back, and perhaps it will be. I just hope that he is retained as part of the 1st team for the remainder of the season and given a fair chance...

I have said it before, but will say it again, the likes of the Joel Ward's - and the locals like Matty Ritchie's, Marlon Pack's and Pete Gregory's who we bring through ourselves along with overseas youngsters like Nadir Ciftci, who we nurture from a young age - are our future so we MUST treat them right as it is essential that we bring through our own players as the financial benefits, and savings not to mention possible rewards, of doing this cannot be understated.

So, a squad player this season would be fair enough - as his development continues - although we MUST get him tied down to a long-term contract and give him that platform to be one of the first names on the teamsheet next season and beyond...

  • What the poll asked - What will happen to Joel Ward next?

  • How you voted - Be used as a squad player 51%
    He is our long-term somewhere in defence 34%
    Retain a place at right back 9%
    Go out on loan 4%
    Leave next summer 2%
    Force a way in as a central defender 0%

    Before we move on what are your thoughts on what the last poll concluded? You know what to do, thoughts below please guys...

    PLAY UP POMPEY!

    Join the Vital Pompey Debate

    Trust




    Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



    Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

  • The Journalist

    Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Friday October 22 2010

    Time: 12:00PM

    Your Comments (oldest first)

    Change to most recent first
    Rocha's injury has let him straight back in anyway, he is a better bet than sonko in defence, I reckon he will play well over half the season
    paultsmouth
    Report Abuse
    22/10/2010 12:21:00

    ...and HH has just signed on and is in Hull with the team. PUP
    NorfolknBlue
    Report Abuse
    22/10/2010 12:42:00

    Probably loaned about over the next couple of weeks. Become not interested and Pompey will dispose of at the end of the season. Come on Pompey, show some commitment to youth and get Joel on at least a three year contract!
    bluedr
    Report Abuse
    22/10/2010 13:37:00

    I am sure Joel will get plenty of action this season,our small squad will have injuries to deal with. Squad player and tie him up with a long contract.
    race
    Report Abuse
    22/10/2010 14:41:00

     

    Have Your Say

    Log in...
    with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

    Recent Portsmouth Articles

    Wallace opts for Wolves (Thursday May 21 2015)

    Do we think that more might leave? (Thursday May 21 2015)

    On this day in history...21st May (Thursday May 21 2015)

    On this day in history...20th May (Wednesday May 20 2015)

    A possible option? (Tuesday May 19 2015)

    Archived Portsmouth Articles

    List All Vital Pompey Articles
    Have your say
    Click here to suggest an article
    Click here to suggest a poll
    ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

    Vital Members League (view all)

    1. pompeyrug 90
    2. Et_tu_Pompeii 48
    3. Pompeytim 37
    4. storagematt 21
    5. Emsworthianblue 19
    6. mslorna48 18
    7. Copnor43 17
    8. eastneydave 17
    9. bhhardinge 12
    10. Jimsmithswig 11

    League Results (view all)

    League Table (view table)

    Team P W D L GD Pts
    13. Oxford 46 15 16 15 1 61
    14. Dag & Red 46 17 8 21 -1 59
    15. Wimbledon 46 14 16 16 -6 58
    16. Portsmouth 46 14 15 17 -2 57
    17. Accrington 46 15 11 20 -19 56
    18. York 46 11 19 16 -5 52
    19. Cambridge 46 13 12 21 -5 51

    Breaking League News

    Cresswell takes on more duty
    York : 22/05/2015 15:20:01
    Cook completes his back room staff
    Portsmouth : 22/05/2015 13:24:00
    Wembley hero flying again
    York : 22/05/2015 12:43:00
    Holloway extends contract at Wycome
    Wycombe : 22/05/2015 09:18:01
    Argyle Away Attendance
    Plymouth : 22/05/2015 08:35:00

    Current Site Poll (view all polls)

    Is Cook the right man?
    Suggested By:  pompeyrug
    Yep, ticks the right boxes 77%
    Nope, not what we needed 6%
    Unsure...too soon to say 10%
    Maybe, I'm quietly confident though 7%