Winger sends Twitter message to Tottenham after agreeing three-year deal

By London correspondent Tony Hughes

Grant Ward has sent a message of appreciation to Tottenham on Twitter after ending his 11-year association with the club.

Spurs announced on Monday afternoon that the 21-year-old winger had completed a permanent move to Championship side Ipswich.

It was confirmed by the official Ipswich website that the wide man has joined on a three-year deal with the option of a fourth year, after his contract expired at Tottenham this summer.

The Spurs academy graduate then took to Twitter to thank the club for his 11 years and explain that he felt “the time was right to move on”.

The cost of the transfer fee was not disclosed by either club.

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Ward joined Tottenham at the age of 10 and progressed through the ranks, but he failed to make an appearance for the senior team during his stay at White Hart Lane.

He spent last season on loan at Rotherham and was crowned the club’s Young Player of the Year and also won their Goal of the Year award after a series of impressive performances.

The youngster starred in 43 encounters for the Championship club to help the Yorkshire side avoid relegation by nine points.

In addition to his time at Rotherham, the young star had a loan spell in America with Chicago Fire, while he also joined Coventry at the end of the 2014-15 season on loan.

Mick McCarthy’s side will be looking to return to the top flight next season after finishing in seventh place last season and just missing out on a place in the play offs.

In other Tottenham transfer news, Manchester United legend Ruud van Nistelrooy helped convince this player to move to White Hart Lane.