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Rotherham United: They Played for Both Clubs: Danny Ward

And you thought it was going to be Le Fondre.

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Danny Carl Ward was born in Bradford on 9 December 1990, making him 25-years-old. Don't they grow up fast?

The forward arrived at Bolton Wanderers from Leeds United in 2007, with us paying a hefty amount of compensation in return.

After a couple of years in the under 18s and reserves, that famous advocate of youth (not really) Gary Megson handed him his Premier League debut as a late substitute against Sunderland on the opening day of the 2009/10 season, as we chased the game. This was in no way a message from Megson to the board that we needed to sign another striker.

After another cameo appearance away at Hull City, he was sent to League One Swindon Town on, what was initially, a three-month loan deal. A striker in his time at Bolton, Swindon turned him into a left-winger due to the form of Billy Paynter and a recent signing from non-league going by the name of Charlie Austin.

Ward was a huge hit with the Swindon fans, as his nine goals, countless assists and high-energy performances fired them towards the play-offs and even earned him comparisons with James Milner, who played on loan at the club many years previously. Eventually, Swindon just missed out on promotion but Ward's performances hadn't gone unnoticed with new manager Owen Coyle talking of his desire to work with the youngster.

After failing to break into Bolton's first team but succeeding in signing a new three-year-contract, Ward was loaned out to Championship side Coventry City, but his loan was cut short before scoring a goal when he picked up a hernia injury.

After recovering, he was sent to Huddersfield Town on loan, scoring three goals in seven appearances and again helping them to the play-off final, which they eventually lost. However, he made such an impact in West Yorkshire that the Terriers decided to pay a whopping £1m to take him permanently.

His next season wasn't as fruitful, scoring just five goals in 47 appearances, however he finally managed to actually win the play-offs at his third time of asking. Ward scored just another 11 goals over the next three years as he struggled to adapt to the Championship - probably doesn't help that he's a bit of a chubby funster.

In January last year, Ward signed for Rotherham United on an emergency-loan-deal. After one game, it was made permanent for a (presumably nominal) undisclosed fee. He has so far scored an amazing three goals in 16 appearances. Of course one of those was against us earlier in the season.

However, who cares when we made £1 million on somebody who literally played 10 minutes of football for us.