Tottenham loanee open to MLS return

Tottenham Hotspur youngster Grant Ward would be more than willing to return to the Chicago Fire in 2015, having enjoyed a productive loan spell with the MLS club.

Tottenham Hotspur loanee Grant Ward would be open to a return to the Chicago Fire after a successful spell at the MLS club.

The 19-year-old winger made 12 starts in 23 regular-season appearances after arriving from Spurs in May, recording one goal and two assists, and, despite the team slumping to their worst-ever league finish, he left a positive impression on the coaching staff.

With head coach Frank Yallop planning an overhaul of the roster this winter, the Fire want Ward to be part of their 2015 plans, but, whatever happens in the coming months, the promising speedster stresses that he loved his stint in the US.

“The club has been speaking to me and my agent, they want to try and get me back next season so we’ll just have to see what Tottenham want me to do,” he told at the club’s final open media session of 2014. "I’d come back out.

“Personally, it was a good experience for me, especially as it was my first professional season,” he added. “It was great experience for me to play first team games, I played quite a lot, had some good games, had some bad games, but it’s all experience.

“This was also an experience for me to come more out of myself, to become more independent. I’ve come to a new country, I’m [living] by myself, so all those factors helped in my development.”

If Ward doesn’t return to Chicago, however, then at least he will have gone out on a high, having set up former Liverpool striker Florent Sinama-Pongolle for a dramatic late winner in last month’s 2-1 season finale victory against the Houston Dynamo.

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