Tottenham's next midfielder? Grant Ward wins award at loan club Rotherham United

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Can Grant Ward make an impact at Tottenham Hotspur next season?

Tottenham Hotspur youngster Grant Ward has won the young player of the year award at loan side Rotherham United.

Ward has been on a season long loan with the Millers, moving last July and taking part in the club's pre-season, and establishing himself as a regular.

He has played under three different bosses, signed by Steve Evans, and managed subsequently by Neil Redfearn and current coach Neil Warnock.

The team's form has really picked up under Warnock, securing safety from relegation and ensuring a place in the Championship next season.

Rotherham's official club website report that Ward was handed the award, describing him as 'pivotal' in the club's survival battle.

Ward, 21, has made 39 league appearances, 32 of which have been starts, featuring in central midfield, and on the right wing, scoring two goals and providing two assists.

Tottenham showed their faith in Ward by handing him a new contract in February, ensuring he remains until 2018, the club website reported.

He faces a battle to get into the first team, with Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb and Tom Carroll all battling to get into the first team, with Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele first choice in midfield.

Yet Ward has made real progress this season, and may get an opportunity to stake a claim in post and pre-season friendly matches.

His performances this season make him deserving of an opportunity, and while the bar is high, he has a real chance.

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