Crusaders midfielder Sean Ward joined the club in the summer after four years with Linfield. (c)Stephen Hamilton/Press Eye

INTERVIEW: WARD RELISHING OVAL RETURN ON SKY SPORTS

Ahead of Monday’s Sky Sports clash between Glentoran and Crusaders, one player who is definitely looking forward to this Danske Bank Premiership game is Crusaders’ midfielder Sean Ward.

33-year-old Ward joined Stephen Baxter’s side in the summer and was delighted to complete the move back in June; “Crusaders is a great club and one that I’ve always admired. When it came to the point where I was going to leave Linfield I wanted to go to a team that was going to be challenging, so I was delighted that I had the opportunity to speak to them and knew that it would be a good move for me and hopefully for Crusaders.”

It’s been a mixed season to date for the Shore Road side as they followed up a great win against Linfield with back-to-back league draws against Ards then Dungannon last week, and Sean thinks that’s down to opposition team’s approach to visiting Seaview.

“It was a bit of a missed opportunity, though every game in this league is a tough one and the papers thought we’d maybe take three points against both Ards then Dungannon but it didn’t turn out that way and that’s the way it’s going to be!”

“It was disappointing after the Linfield game, but we look at the games where we have dropped points this year and they’ve been at Seaview and we have struggled to break some teams down when they come to our ground. We have to find a way to change those games into three points and that’s just what we’re doing.”

The midfielder is no stranger to East Belfast having played almost 400 games for Glentoran and winning two league titles before departing for cross-city rivals Linfield in June 2013. “I always look forward going back to Glentoran, I had some wonderful years there and played with some fantastic players and managed to win every domestic trophy.”

“I have a fair idea of the reaction I might get from Glentoran fans but that’s part and parcel of football but I’ll relish going to the Oval with nothing but three points in mind.” Reflecting on Glentoran’s impressive early start to the campaign, Sean has been impressed with Gary Haveron’s side so far.

“Glentoran are going very well, should have maybe got three points against Coleraine and have a mix of young players and experience. I’ve never had it easy as a player against Glentoran throughout my career and there’s no doubt this is a massive game and we’re really looking forward to it.

“The added incentive is that the game is on TV, it’s magnificent for the local game that there is this added media attention and it’s important to showcase the league as we have a great product.”

Glentoran v Crusaders will be live on Sky Sports Football on Monday 2 October (kick-off 7.45pm)

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