Bristol news Ward savours 'brilliant' Gas debut nine years after joining aged eight PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Jed Ward reflected on his journey to Bristol Rovers' first team after making his debut at Blackpool on Sunday

Bristol news Ward savours 'brilliant' Gas debut nine years after joining aged eight PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Jed Ward reflected on his journey to Bristol Rovers' first team after making his debut at Blackpool on Sunday

Bristol news  Ward savours 'brilliant' Gas debut nine years after joining aged eight PremierLeague-News.Com
09 May 2021 - 15:46

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Bristol Rovers' season has been lacking in moments for celebration, but there was a success story for the club's academy on the final day of the season with Jed Ward making his debut. The 17-year-old was assured in goal, making a series of good saves before he was ultimately beaten by Ellis Simms' pinpoint volley to give Blackpool a 1-0 victory at Bloomfield Road on Sunday. Ward joined Rovers as an eight-year-old and has come through the academy to be part of Joey Barton's first-team squad, and he was rewarded with a professional contract earlier this season. The teenager was due to start last weekend's defeat to Crewe Alexandra, but Barton withdrew him on the day of the game after a string of injuries to outfield players made it an improper occasion to throw Ward in at the deep end. Read More Related Articles Joey Barton looks to Bristol Rovers' future after bidding farewell to 'worst team' of his career Read More Related Articles Bristol Rovers player ratings as Jed Ward impresses on debut in defeat at Blackpool But his wait for a debut lasted only eight days longer, and Ward – who earned the top score in Bristol Live's player ratings – enjoyed a day he will never forget, with Barton describing the youngster's performance as "superb". "I’m made up to make my debut for the club I’ve been at since eight years old," Ward told Rovers' media team. "I’ve come all the way through and it’s an amazing feeling. I’m really happy. "On the coach, I could feel in my tummy that I was a bit nervous, but as soon as that whistle went for kick-off I was fine. "I was ready to play the game and it was a ball, two goals and a pitch and I just did what I would do on a normal matchday. "Making that save in the first half helped me build into the game.

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. "It’s brilliant, going all the way through. I’ve had my highs and lows, but getting on that pitch today was brilliant." Ward's family watched the game at home on iFollow and were bursting with pride at full time. Sign up for our Rovers newsletter A summer of change is afoot at Bristol Rovers and you won't miss a beat with our free newsletter. All the latest news, views, interviews, gossip and analysis concerning the Gas, delivered straight to your inbox, every day at 12:00. It's completely free and you can sign up HERE "There was never any pressure because I was doing it all for them and myself," he continued. "I’m happy they were able to watch. Obviously they couldn’t be in the stands but they were watching on iFollow. "I rang them up after the game and they were made up. Mum was really happy, Dad was really happy."

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