Former Notts 'keeper Ward retires

Last updated : 30 May 2009 By Jacob Daniel
Following his release from Sunderland yesterday, former Notts goalkeeper Darren Ward has decided to retire from professional footballer. One of a select few players to have appeared for all three Nottinghamshire clubs, Ward made over 300 appearances for the Magpies after joining from Mansfield Town for £150,000. He moved on to play for near neighbours Nottingham Forest, Norwich City and finally Sunderland, who released him yesterday, prompting Ward to announce his retirement through the club's official website.

Ward made 252 league appearance for County, and became a firm favourite with fans in his time at the club. After joining Forest on a free he made over 150 appearances in all competitions over the river, before ending his career with spells as back up 'keeper at Norwich City and Sunderland. He also made eight international appearances for Wales altogether, at various levels.

Despite retiring from playing, Ward has decided he wishes to stay in the game, and will complete his coaching badges this summer with the hope of gaining a coaching role in the game. He told Sunderland's official website

"I've done my level two qualification and am looking to obtain my UEFA 'B' Licence level three qualification at Lilleshall this summer. At level three you cover both outfield and goalkeeping coaching and I'm looking to do both."

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