Stoke City defender Stephen Ward has revealed that he is anxious over the progress of his contract talks with the Potters amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic., but is currently focussed on protecting his family and keeping fit.
The former Wolves and Burnley man will see his current deal expire at the end of the season and, with the future of a number of football clubs currently under threat, could face a longer wait than ever to see his future resolved.
With the UK currently in lockdown to stop the spread of the virus, professional football is on pause for the time being and clubs are not receiving any match day revenue.
The EFL have leapt to their aid with a ‘£50m relief-package’, £800,000 of which was received by Stoke, but that pot could soon run dry with lockdown expected to stretch into June in the UK.
Ward has turned out 16 times for Stoke in all competitions this term.
“I am up at the end of the season so I am anxious about what will happen but clubs don’t know what the position is with the transfer window, with contracts,” said Ward.
“The most important thing for me, and other players, is keeping our families safe, there are people out there in the world in more need of attention than professional footballers.
“We can’t do much about our own positions at the moment.
He added: “Depending on how long this goes on, I will have to think about my future but at the minute I am focused on staying fit and seeing what happens.”