CARDIFF, WALES - Thursday, March 24, 2016: Wales Danny Ward in action against Northern Ireland during an International Friendly match at the Cardiff City Stadium. (Pic by Ian Cook/Propaganda)

Liverpool to pay Wrexham £50,000 after Danny Ward makes first Wales start

Liverpool will pay Danny Ward’s former club, Wrexham, £50,000 after the young goalkeeper made his first competitive start for Wales at Euro 2016.

With first choice stopper Wayne Hennessey struggling with injury, Ward stepped in to make his full bow for Wales’ in their opening group game against Slovakia.

Chris Coleman’s men earned a 2-1 victory, with the Liverpool ‘keeper impressing on his maiden starting appearance, which the BBC report will see the National League side inherit the windfall.

Liverpool signed Ward, a product of Wrexham’s academy, in January 2012 for a fee reported be around £100,000. The ‘keeper had not made a first-team appearance at the Racecourse Ground prior to his move.

The payment is said to be the second the Welsh club have received from Liverpool recently, with the Reds having paid £100,000 to Ward’s former team after he made his debut for Jurgen Klopp’s side against Bournemouth in April.

Since enjoying his first full start Ward has dropped back to the bench for both of Wales’ two games since due to Hennessey’s return from injury.

The Reds stopper sat out the last-gasp 2-1 defeat to Roy Hogdson’s England and the impressive 3-0 win over Russia that sealed top spot in Group B for Coleman’s side.

However, that Ward deputised so seamlessly under such pressure in the opening game of the tournament bodes positively for next season.

But with Liverpool having signed Loris Karius to compete with Simon Mignolet for the starting berth, 2016/17 looks to be a campaign that Ward may spend away from Anfield.

Championship side Huddersfield – managed by Klopp’s friend and former Borussia Dortmund reserve team coach, David Wagner, have been linked with a season-long loan move for the Welshman.

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