BURNLEY have made Stephen Ward their seventh summer signing.

The defender was expected to join Brighton after spending all last season on loan at the Amex from Wolves.

But he failed to attend a medical with the Seagulls that was planned for yesterday, after Burnley bettered Brighton's offer.

Ward has tonight signed a three-year deal at Turf Moor.

“I’m absolutely thrilled, I’ve had eight years at Wolves now and I was on loan at Brighton last year but to start a new chapter in my career is great," said Ward.

“I don’t think I could have picked a better place than Turf Moor and obviously to come to the Premier League is a massive pull as well."