Danny Ward signs new five-year contract at Liverpool ahead of expected Huddersfield Town loan

Young Liverpool goalkeeper Danny Ward is on the verge of signing a new five-year contract at the club ahead of a season-long loan to Championship outfit Huddersfield Town.

Danny Ward signs new five-year contract at Liverpool ahead of expected Huddersfield Town loan
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Liverpool goalkeeper Danny Ward has agreed a new five-year contract ahead of his proposed season-long loan move to Huddersfield Town.

He only signed a new deal at the club last June, committing his future on L4 until 2020 - but is likely to have improved his terms by penning this latest extension.

Ward made his first senior appearance for the Reds towards the end of last season, having been recalled from a successful loan spell at Aberdeen in the first-half of the campaign.

But with Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet both ahead of him in the goalkeeping ranks, Ward's chances of game time next season appear limited - particularly with no European football on offer.

Ward, who also started his first ever international game for Wales against Slovakia in their opening Euro 2016 group stage clash, is therefore set to spend the season in the Championship with the Terriers.

The 23-year-old will officially make the temporary switch to Huddersfield, managed by Klopp's close friend David Wagner, once he puts pen-to-paper on his new long-term deal on Merseyside.

Ward reached the semi-finals of the Euros with Wales, but failed to make an appearance beyond the first round of fixtures after first-choice 'keeper Wayne Hennessey returned from injury.

Ward set to sign new Liverpool deal before immediately being loaned out

Ward in action for Wales against Slovakia at Euro 2016 last month. (Picture: Getty Images)
Ward in action for Wales against Slovakia at Euro 2016 last month. (Picture: Getty Images)

The shotstopper had at one point been second-choice to Mignolet last term, but Karius' arrival - with the idea of posing greater competition to the Belgian - means Ward has fallen down the pecking order.

But still very much highly-rated at Liverpool, they moved to tie Ward down after he did well in his two first-team appearances in the Premier League at Bournemouth and Swansea City.

Huddersfield is seen as the ideal place for Ward to continue his rapid progress, the Welsh international likely to be first-choice under Wagner, who was part of Klopp's backroom staff at Borussia Dortmund.

The 44-year-old German, who took charge at the John Smith's Stadium last November, also recommended left-back target Ben Chilwell, of Leicester City, to the club after he impressed on a short loan spell at Huddersfield last term.

Ward is seen a potential option for the No.1 spot at Liverpool, but regular football is seen as the best thing for at this stage of his development - rather than featuring sparingly for the Reds' first-team under Klopp.

Ironically, the two teams meet in West Yorkshire later this month in a pre-season friendly - but the Wrexham Academy graduate is unlikely to have joined up with Huddersfield by then.

Ward will compete for Joel Coleman between the sticks at Town, but will still be on his summer holidays when they face Liverpool on Wednesday July 20 in a game dubbed the 'Shankly Trophy' clash.