Ward was recently confirmed as a new signing for Dougie Freedman following his release from Derby County, but he’s also stressed caution in relation to any Forest player who may be looking to get beneath the skin of their opposition.
“You need to have someone in your team who can do that and get reactions from people – Sometimes the reactions with the other team can be too fired up and it takes their mind off the game,” he told BBC Nottingham.
How will Ward help fire up Forest?
Ward is he sort of committed player who the majority of fans love to watch play.
He gives his all for the cause and while he can sometimes step a little close to the line, he’s experienced enough to know when he needs to back down as the red mist starts to descend.
He has high standards, which buys into Freedman’s basic philosophy at Forest, and he can ensure that anyone playing around him adheres to those standards, so Forest have the best chance of getting the right result heading into every game.
Sensible aggression needed
Ward, now 29-years-old, can set the example because Forest have a side, which is packed with talented youngsters in all positions.
He’ll have a big role to play in terms of helping someone like Ben Osborn to further develop and one way he can do that is by setting the tone with a big performance when he plays his first competitive game for the club.