Danny Ward reckons he’s stepped straight out of one great ‘club environment’ and right into another at Huddersfield Town.
The 23-year-old makes his Town debut against Brentford on Saturday having had a magnificent summer with Wales at the Euro 2016 tournament.
Ward not only played in the opening match against Slovakia in France, but he went all the way to the semi-finals with Chris Coleman’s brilliant squad.
“Being involved in something like that is not only something to cherish for the rest of your life, but it will be a massive help in my development as a keeper,” said Ward, who joined up with David Wagner’s squad on the pre-season training camp in Austria.
“Being around top players and playing alongside top players was brilliant, and the whole thing was something different for me – but then it was something different for Gareth Bale and he’s a superstar!
“It can only help me become a better player in the future and it was like being in a club environment because the players and staff were so close.
“Coming here to Huddersfield, I can genuinely say it’s the same thing, we have a real unit.
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“There’s a good team spirit, the camaraderie between us all is first class – especially considering the turnover of players there’s been – and the lads have made me feel very welcome.#
“There is a real spirit among the boys and we are all excited for the season.”
Ward says he feels refreshed after a short break and is hoping to impress enough to catch the eye of Jurgen Klopp back at Anfield.
“It’s good to know the boss is in close touch with my manager – hopefully it’s only about positive things!” he joked.
“This is the next stage of my personal development and I’m hoping to be playing week in, week out.
“As a keeper, you need to gain experience and that’s the new challenge for me. I’m really looking forward to it.”