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Ward completes permanent Town switch
DARREN Ward has signed on permanently for Swindon Town after being released by Millwall.
The defender, who has been a mainstay of the Robins’ back four in recent weeks, originally joined Town on loan in August and has gone on to make 18 appearances, scoring one goal.
Swindon have taken up a clause inserted into Ward’s summer switch to Wiltshire, with the 34-year-old penning an 18-month contract at the County Ground. Ward will not cost Town any money in transfer fees.
Di Canio was delighted to make the veteran a full-time member of the Swindon playing staff.
He said: “We can announce that Darren Ward is our player now. He will remain permanently with us, he is our player. I am happy to say this because now he has proved that he is the player that we want.
“Millwall released him and gave us the chance to sign him since January 1 without paying anything.That was the deal at the beginning of the season so it doesn’t reflect in a way that we can have a better situation.
“It is good for the club because they got value. Obviously he is 34, he is not young but he’s someone who we’ve got in here to pay the wages but he’s a crucial player without spending any sort of money.
“That is important, like we talked in the past about Gary Roberts and Andy Williams.
“We had two players we couldn’t imagine would cost us a bit more than what we thought - Troy (Archibald-Henille) and James (Collins) - but we have worked like we did last year with free agent signings.
“Darren is a very good signing to keep. For the future he will do a very good job because he is a very good professional.”
Meanwhile, Charlton manager Chris Powell wants any deal to keep midfielder Danny Hollands with Swindon made as soon as possible.
Hollands’ loan spell with the Robins expires on Saturday, but an extension is likely, with Powell saying: “I’m in discussions with Swindon and with him and his agent to see where we go. Swindon haven’t said much yet.
"We’ve obviously made contact knowing that the deal is up on Saturday and now it is about what happens in the next 48 hours. I would like it resolved before Saturday so everyone is happy with what is going to happen from Monday onwards.”