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Ward had no hesitation in signing for Rovers

21 January 2016

Rovers new boy Elliott Ward believes boss Paul Lambert will get the best out of him as a player.

The central defender has joined on a free transfer after being released from his contract with Premier League club Bournemouth. 
 
The move to Ewood Park sees Ward reunited with Rovers manager Lambert, who signed him for Norwich City in May 2010, and the defender admits he had no hesitation when the Scot came calling.
 
"When the call came I thought let's get it sorted," said Ward.
 
"I know the manager very well, he knows me and these kind of situations are quite simple to sort out. It was just a matter of getting up here and having a chat with him and getting things agreed.
 
"We were successful together at Norwich, which was very good. That's in the past, but it's the way he can get the best out of his players. He brought me on a few levels at Norwich and I've kept that standard. I want to win games. It's that drive he puts into you and I want that."
 
Having got some much-needed game time under his belt on loan at Huddersfield earlier this season, Ward is hoping for more of the same here at Rovers, but he is well aware that the competition for places will be tough.
 
"It's not a given I'll play every game," he added.
 
"It's something I need to work towards as soon as possible and if I get the shirt I want to keep it.
 
"It's one of those things, when you get in the team, you've got to play well to stay in. That's the nature of the job. If you do your job, you'll stay in the team.
 
"I'm always trying to plan and my first one is to get in the team. Once that happens, I need to stay in the team. If that happens, then we need to try and win as many games as we can."

Ward could make his debut this Saturday when Rovers travel to take on Charlton at the Valley.

Tickets for the match against are currently on open sale. Ticket prices are £22 for Adults, £16 for Seniors (65+) and Under 21s, £10 for Under 18s and £5 for Under 11s.

Book online today at www.eticketing.co.uk/onerovers

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