It’s been one goalkeeper in and one goalkeeper out for Reading this week, as Sam Walker’s arrival has now been followed by a loan move for Lewis Ward, who has joined League Two side Northampton Town until the end of the season.
It is the 21-year-old’s eighth loan spell of his career, but first in the Football League, having previously spent time at Whitehawk, Sutton, Icelandic top-tier side Fylkir, Margate, Hungerford and then Aldershot. It was with the Shots last season that he earned many plaudits for his performances as they reached the National League play-offs. It prompted Reading to snap Ward up on a new two year contract this summer.
Northampton managed Dean Austin said of the signing:
“We are really pleased that we have got Lewis on board for the season.
”He is a great size for a keeper and he did really, really well at Aldershot last season. I have been very impressed whenever I have seen him.
”He also has a fantastic attitude and we believe this is an excellent signing.
”He will work well with the other keepers we have at the club and we are grateful that Reading have trusted us with a player of his ability.
”His form last season did attract the interest of some Premier League clubs and we are delighted to be able to welcome Lewis to the club.”
Very happy to sign with @ntfc for the season!! Thank you to everyone involved for making it happen, looking forward to joining up with the squad next week!! https://t.co/UcoRCpUrxj— Lewis Ward (@lewismward) July 27, 2018