IT IS well over 12 years since Jamie Ward first locked horns with City.

His two goals for Chesterfield at Saltergate in April 2007 confirmed relegation to the bottom tier under the temporary player/managership of David Wetherall alongside the already-doomed Spireites.

Ward, then 21, was a promising talent who would go on to play Championship football with Sheffield United, Derby and Nottingham Forest.

But he did face City again early on last season with Charlton as they spoiled David Hopkin’s home debut.

The well-travelled Northern Ireland international has now made Scunthorpe his 11th club after joining Paul Hurst’s strugglers on a short-term deal during the week.

Ward hasn’t played a senior game since November when he came off the bench for Charlton at Burton, where he spent pre-season training after being released by Nottingham Forest at the end of his contract.

The 33-year-old forward was grateful for Burton’s help as he looked for a new club – and admits he cannot wait to get back into the swing of working at a weekend again.

Ward said: “Saturdays have been frustrating watching Soccer Saturday and not actually being involved in it, but hopefully I can change that now and score some goals and actually get myself on the vidiprinter.”

Ward's arrival is a timely tonic after an awful start to the season for the Iron and Hurst may be tempted to throw him straight in ahead of former Bantams loanee George Miller.

Ward added: “I think the team is in a false position at the moment which is a shame, but I think you can see the club do try and play football.

“They’re sticking to the philosophy, so if I can help with that, that’s part of my job.”

Scunthorpe have won just once this season – 3-0 over Morecambe – and that was their first clean sheet since Good Friday. The previous win was on March 12 when Stuart McCall was still in charge.