Burnley sign Stephen Ward from Wolverhampton Wanderers

Stephen Ward of Wolves passes the ball during the npower Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Bolton Wanderers at Molineux on October 23, 2012
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Defender Stephen Ward signs a three-year contract with Burnley, joining the Premier League side from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Burnley have announced that they have signed Stephen Ward from Wolverhampton Wanderers for an undisclosed fee.

The defender has agreed a three-year contract with the Premier League newcomers, who will play Chelsea on their return to the top flight on Monday.

The 28-year-old told the club's website: "I'm absolutely thrilled. I've had eight years at Wolves now and I was on loan at Brighton last year but to start a new chapter in my career is great.

"I don't think I could have picked a better place than Turf Moor and, obviously, to come to the Premier League is a massive pull as well.

"Once you get a taste of it, you want to play as much Premier League football as you can. Burnley have done superbly well to get promoted and hopefully I can play some part in us having a successful year."

Ward has 24 caps for the Republic of Ireland.

Stephen Ward of Wolves passes the ball during the npower Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Bolton Wanderers at Molineux on October 23, 2012
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