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by Tom Moore
Thursday, September 20, 2012
West Brom youngster Chris Wood is delighted that Millwall have given him a chance to shine at The Den.
The 20-year-old completed his move to the Lions on Monday and made his first League appearance for the south Londoners during their defeat to Cardiff City on Tuesday.
“Since the start of the season while the transfer window was open I was trying to see what options were out there as it didn’t look as if I had a chance at West Brom,” Wood said.
“There were a few enquiries about me but nothing permanent. It came while I was away on international duty.
“As soon as I came back I jumped on the phone and knew that was what I wanted to do.”
The striker talked about a possible move with fellow New Zealand international and QPR defender Ryan Nelsen as well as former Lions goalkeeper Ryan Allsop.
“I always speak to Nelly and those type of lads about what’s it like,” he added.
“They’ve lived in London and I wanted to hear what their side of the story. I know Ryan Allsop was here this time last year.
“I gave him a call and he told me what it was all about.”
The move represents something of a return home for Wood, whose mother grew up in nearby Lewisham before moving to New Zealand.
“I know a lot about the club,” the striker explained. “My Mum was born and raised in Lewisham and I know how entertaining it can be at times.
“My Mum left when she was 22 so I’ve only set foot here a couple of times before.”
Despite only arriving at the club on Monday, Wood already feels as if he has settled in.
“They’ve all been brilliant,” he added.
“From the first minute that I walked into the training ground.
“It was nice to get out on the pitch after the first day.”