Date: 14th May 2011 at 4:45pm
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Jamie Ward has spoken of the easy decision he had to make when signing for Derby County after the completion of the deal that turned his loan deal into a permanent signing last week. The former Sheffield United striker fell out of favour with Chris Adams, recently sacked at Bramall Lane following United`s relegation to League One, but he found a new lease of life during his loan spell scoring five times in thirteen appearances. After agreeing to a two-year deal, with an option of a further year, Ward told the Derby Evening Telegraph:

‘I’m very happy to sign. It was an easy decision to be honest, the manager likes me and that means an awful lot. He has confidence in me and I think I have responded with some good performances and a few goals. I think coming here has revitalised me.’

Nigel Clough brought Ward to Pride Park in February on an emergency loan deal until the end of the season and, after a less than inspiring January transfer window, his introduction added energy and skill and a new dimension to a side lacking in confidence at the time. Used as both a striker and a wide midfielder during his spell Ward`s form helped his side to secure enough points to secure their Championship survival. Clough saw enough during his loan spell to turn his deal into a permanent one when the season finished and he told the official website:

‘Jamie performed very consistently for us during his loan and the fans took to him straight away, I think work rate will immediately be recognised by the supporters and then he has got that bit of quality on top. I think he needed that change and the fee we have paid for him represents good value for money.’