Former Glory star joins Wellington

Former Perth Glory midfielder Nick Ward has joined Wellington Phoenix and will be available for selection for this Sunday’s marquee match at nib Stadium.

Former Perth Glory midfielder Nick Ward has joined Wellington Phoenix and will be available for selection for this Sunday-s marquee match at nib Stadium.

Ward was released from Melbourne Victory, after playing 59 games in two and a half years, including the clubs treble-winning season in 2008/09.

“I-m sad to be leaving Melbourne but the prospect of first-team football at the Phoenix was obviously very appealing.

“I want to be playing week in, week out and I feel I have a better chance of regular football with Wellington.

“I-ve enjoyed my time in Melbourne and met some great people along the way.

“We-re parting on good terms and I wish the guys the best of luck for the rest of the season,” Ward said.

The 25 year old scored 5 goals from 21 matches for Perth Glory in the 2005/06 Hyundai A-League season and was voted the competitions Young Player of the Year.

While Ward is a chance to line-up against his old club, another former Glory star will miss out with Jade North away on Socceroos duty.

North is one of two big names missing from Ricki Herbert-s squad along with right back Manny Muscat, who has been called into the Maltese squad for matches against Israel and Latvia.

NICK WARD

Date of birth: March 24, 1985 in Perth, Australia Height, weight: 1.83m, 79kg Playing position: Attacking midfielder

Club history: 2007-10 Melbourne Victory, 2007 Brighton and Hove Albion (loan), 2006-07 Queens Park Rangers, 2005-06 Perth Glory, 2004 Stirling Lions, 2003-04 Perth Glory

Hyundai A-League: 67 matches (46 for Melbourne Victory, 21 for Perth Glory)

Representative: 2006-08 Australia under-23, 2004-05 Australia under-20