Linfield defender Sean Ward ready to take step into unknown at Windsor Park

Sean Ward
Sean Ward

Sean Ward admits Linfield will be taking a step into the unknown on Thursday at Windsor Park.

The Blues are preparing to meet NSI Runavik of the Faroe Islands in the Europa League qualifiers.

Warren Feeney’s side have home advantage for the first qualifying round, first leg (7.45pm kick-off).

It is the fourth year in succession Linfield have been paired with Faroese opposition in Europe.

“We don’t know much about the opposition, but it is a tie we are confident of winning,” Ward (below) said.

“We were happy enough with the draw but now we have to deliver over two legs.

“We will try and play the way we always do. Keep the ball and pass it about. European football is totally different to the Irish League, but it is a style that we enjoy.

“We know this will be a tough test for us, but we are confident we can progress.”

Ward is relishing the prospect of stepping out at the new-look Windsor.

Refurbishment work continues to progress at the stadium, transforming the aging south Belfast venue into a modern 18,000 capacity arena.

The new East Stand and South East Quadrant was used for Northern Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualifier with Romania last month.

“It is starting to look like a mondern stadium, and it is great when to walk out onto the pitch,” Ward said.

“It certainly gives you a lift when you see the work that has been done. Yes, a lot of the stadium is still a building site, but you can see the work that has been done and the progress made.”