Saturday , February 4 2023

Nottingham Forest loan striker Chris Wood from Newcastle United!

Nottingham Forest have announced the signing of Chris Wood from Newcastle United.

The striker joins on loan for the remainder of the season with a conditional obligation to become a permanent deal until the summer of 2024.

He will wear the number 39 shirt during his time on Trentside.

Chris Wood said, “It’s a great feeling and I am very thankful to be here.”

“Nottingham Forest is a massive club which I have come up against a number of times, but it’s nice now to be able to pull on the red shirt and fight for the club.”

“You can see the transition over the past 18 months and it’s progressing in the right way. It’s a project that’s going in the right direction.”

“It’s a club looking up rather than anything else, it’s going to take a lot of hard work, but it’s a squad that’s pulling together.”

“I’ve been in this league a long time, so hopefully I’ll bring a lot of experience to try and help the younger lads out and bring everybody together.”

“As a visiting player, it’s always been a hostile atmosphere at The City Ground. The crowd are loud and strong, so I’m thankful to have that passionate fanbase on my side now and I can’t wait to get playing there.”

Sporting Director Filippo Giraldi added, “Chris is a player who has great character and experience, having played 189 games and scored 54 goals in the Premier League.”

“He is hungry to join us, and we are proud and ready to fight together to reach our targets.”

Wood, 31, arrives at The City Ground having hit double figures in four consecutive seasons during his time at Burnley FC.

Born in Auckland, he made his international debut for New Zealand in 2009 and has since scored 33 goals in 70 games for his country.

Moving to England in 2008 having impressed on trial at West Bromwich Albion, Wood enjoyed loan spells with Barnsley FC, Brighton & Hove Albion, Birmingham City, Bristol City and Millwall FC before joining Leicester City on a permanent deal in January 2013.

Helping the Foxes win promotion from the Championship in 2013/14, Wood then joined Leeds United in the summer of 2015, going on to score 44 goals in 88 appearances during a two-year spell at Elland Road.

The 6-foot-3 striker joined Burnley FC for a then-club-record fee in August 2017, scoring 49 goals in 144 Premier League appearances for the Clarets during a four-and-a-half year spell at Turf Moor.

Moving to St. James’ Park in January, Wood was an integral figure for Newcastle United in the second half of last season as the Magpies avoided relegation from the Premier League, and departs having made 39 appearances for the club.

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