LIONS CAPTURE WARD
By Peter O`Rourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Ward had found himself out-of-favour at Vicarage Road since the arrival of Gianluca Vialli and is keen on regular first team football.
The defender has saw his chances of playing regularly limited by the arrivals of Ramon Vega and Filippo Galli at The Hornets.
The 23-year-old has signed a four-year deal at The New Den and Lions boss Mark McGhee was delighted at his signature - as he has been trying to strengthen his rearguard.
"We've been looking for a particular type of centre-half, someone taller who can attack the ball and win that first header for us which we've missed whilst Joe Dolan has been out," McGhee told the club's official website.
"The lads who have been in the side have done a good job but I've felt we need a taller player.
"Darren won't be an automatic choice, but he'll compete with the others for one of those centre back positions.
"We've looked far and wide for players recently, but we've eventually found one fairly close to home who fits the bill for us.
"We believe that he's a good player, aggressive, with pace who is a good age and will bring a lot to the squad.
"The fee, which is around £500,000, is one that we can afford and we think that Watford's loss will be our gain."
Meanwhile, another transfer target Phil Stamp has killed off any hope of McGhee bringing him to the club.
McGhee had persuaded Stamp to join The Lions on loan for a month, but his stay was cut short after he picked up a groin injury and Boro boss Steve McClaren admitted the player is not interested in rekindling any move once he regains his fitness.
"He's come back and says he doesn't want to play for them," McClaren told the official Boro website.