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EFL Q&A: Ipswich defender Stephen Ward on his spectacular volley at Stamford Bridge, his hero Ryan Giggs and life in lockdown Sam Vokes was his go-to guy for a chat or a bit of advice during lockdown Ward's favourite goal is a volley he scored for Burley at champions Chelsea He was a fan when he was younger and Giggs was his hero 

By Matt Barlow for MailOnline

Published: 00:51 BST, 12 September 2020 | Updated: 00:51 BST, 12 September 2020

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Former Republic of Ireland international Stephen Ward joined Ipswich from Stoke City in the summer.

The experienced defender, who recently turns 35 and has turned out for the likes of Burnley and Wolves, penned a contract at the club that will see him stay in Suffolk until the summer of 2021 - with Town having the option to extend the deal for a further season.

Ward trained with Ipswich since their return to pre-season training and announced his international retirement last year.  

Experienced defender Stephen Ward joined Ipswich from Stoke City in the summer

Experienced defender Stephen Ward joined Ipswich from Stoke City in the summer

Which teammate did you miss during lockdown?

Sam Vokes at Stoke. I played for years with Sam at Wolves, Burnley and Stoke, he’s my go-to guy when I need a chat or a bit of advice. We spoke a lot. I wanted to make sure he wasn’t training as much as me.

What got you through the lockdown weeks?

Home-schooling, looking after the three kids. Two girls and a boy: 14, nine and 16 months, a good range. The little one kept us on

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