ALTHOUGH Jamie Ward had played for Northern Ireland at youth and under-21 level he surprisingly did not receive his first senior cap until he was 25.
Ward had been included in four previous squads named by Nigel Worthington before making his debut in the 4-0 defeat of the Faroe Islands at Windsor Park in August 2010 which saw Northern Ireland end an eight match winless run.
His second appearance came a year later when Michael O’Neill gave him a run out as a substitute in the 3-3 home draw with Finland, since then Ward has been a permanent member of the panel when available.
The diminutive forwards first goal for his adopted country came in a 4-2 World Cup qualifying defeat to Portugal in September 2013.
Ward, who qualifies through his Northern Ireland born grandfather, began his career as a trainee at Aston Villa, but despite being skipper of the Reserves at Villa Park he departed for Torquay United without making the first team in July 2006.
Just six months after arriving at Plainmoor Ward asked for a transfer and he was soon on his way to Chesterfield for an undisclosed fee.
After a successful spell at Saltergate, where he scored 31 goals in a little over two seasons, he was on the move again this time to the Championship with Sheffield United.
He struggled to hold down a regular first team spot at Bramall Lane and in February 2011 he was farmed out on loan to Derby County, eventually signing permanently for the Rams three months later.
Upon leaving County at the end of his contract in July 2015 he made the controversial decision to join their fierce rivals Nottingham Forest on a four-year deal.
Ward played in six of Northern Ireland’s EURO 2016 qualifiers famously scoring the opening goal in the memorable 2-0success against Claudio Ranieri’s Greece.
In August 2016 Burton Albion secured the services of Ward on a season-long loan from Nottingham Forest. In January 2017 Ward's loan at Burton was cut short and he returned to the City Ground.
In January 2018 Ward joined Cardiff City on-loan from Nottingham Forest until the end of the season.
Ward moved on a short-term loan to Charlton Athletic in August 2018.
After being released by Nottingham Forest at the end of the 2018/19 season, Ward signed a short-term deal with League Two Scunthorpe United until January 2020.
|Position||Attacking Midfielder / Striker|
|DOB||12th May 1986|
|Height||5'5 / 1.65m|
|Weight||9.04 / 59kg|
|Debut||10th Aug 2011 v Faroe Islands (h) (won 4-0)|
Senior International Stats
UEFA EURO 2020 Stats