Liverpool goalkeeper Danny Ward will join Scottish side Aberdeen on a season-long loan in 2015/16, according to reports on Friday.
James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo confirmed the news on his twitter account (@JamesPearceEcho) on Friday afternoon, as Liverpool’s busy summer in the transfer market continues.
The 22-year-old Reds goalkeeper only signed a new five-year deal at Anfield on Tuesday, but will head to Scotland in search of more first-team opportunities.
Ward, who has won four caps for Wales’ Under-21 side since making his debut in 2012, has previously enjoyed loan spells at Tamworth and Morecambe, but is yet to make an appearance for Liverpool’s senior side since joining from Wrexham three years ago.
Quite whether the youngster has it in him to one day rival the likes of Simon Mignolet and Adam Bogdan between the sticks remains to be seen, but his signing of a new contract suggests the club have plenty of faith in him.
Dons boss Derek McInnes told the club’s official website: “I am delighted to get Danny on board. He is a young goalkeeper we have been aware of for some time. We are thankful to Liverpool and Brendan (Rodgers) in particular for allowing this to happen.
“He is someone who is highly regarded at his club and they see the importance of getting him out on loan. Danny now has the task and challenge of playing football at a good level with us.
“We have real competition for places in all areas of the team, and we certainly now have that in the goalkeeping position.
“We believe Danny is going to have a good career as he goes forward and we are looking forward to the opportunity of working with him as part of his development.
“He can also help us to be successful.”