Woking have announced the signing of Joe Ward on a two-year deal.
Ward, 21, is a winger who started his career at Chelmsford City, joining Brighton & Hove Albion in the summer of 2015 for an undisclosed fee after impressing in the National League South for Chelmsford.
He played four matches for the Seagulls in the EFL Trophy last season, before signing on loan for Lincoln City in January.
He scored 3 goals in Lincoln’s journey to the Buildbase FA Trophy semi-finals, and played a part in their Emirates FA Cup run, including playing against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, and played in their successful National League campaign before his loan was cut short due to injury. The pacey winger returned to Brighton, scoring in their 3-0 Sussex Senior Cup final victory against Crawley Town at the Amex in May.
Ward said: “The meeting we had with the manager, it went very well, he had a clear plan, a clear direction in where he wants to go and what he wants to do, that suits me as well and I want to be a part of it. I’ve played in the number 10 role, I think I can play up top, and I can play on either wing, I’m quick and have got decent delivery.”
Manager Anthony Limbrick said: “Joe has come from a good pedigree having been successful in non-League and then moving to Brighton for two years.
“Joe is the type of player that will excite our fans and cause the opposition problems. After a successful loan move to Lincoln last season we are pleased we managed to sign him after plenty of interest from other clubs”.