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Chris Wood

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Biography

Date of birth

07/12/1991

Height

191 cm

Signed

21/08/2017

Country

New Zealand

Chris Wood joined the Clarets in August, 2017 after signing from Leeds United on a four-year deal.

Chris Wood joined the Clarets in August, 2017 after signing from Leeds United on a four-year deal.

The striker moved to Turf Moor for an undisclosed record transfer fee to seal a return to the Premier League following earlier spells in the top flight with West Bromwich Albion and Leicester City.

The New Zealand international started his career in England with West Brom after impressing during a trial spell and moving over from his home country to earn a youth scholarship deal.

He graduated to the professional ranks at the Hawthorns and broke into the first team to make 27 appearances for the Baggies, helping them win promotion back to the Premier League in 2009/10.

He was also loaned out to gain further senior experience in the Championship with Barnsley, Birmingham, Bristol City and Ipswich Town, as well with Brighton in League One during the 2010/11 campaign when he scored eight times in 29 games to help the Seagulls win the title.

During the 2012/13 season, Wood was re-called by West Brom from his temporary stay at Millwall, where he scored 11 goals in 19 games, to make a permanent move to Leicester in January, 2013.

He hit the ground running at the King Power Stadium, scoring 11 times in 24 games to help the Foxes reach the Championship play-offs.

They missed out on promotion but the following season clinched the Championship title to regain a Premier League place.

Wood scored eight times, including a spectacular strike against Burnley, who also won promotion after finishing second to Leicester.

Wood then scored on the opening day of the 2014/15 Premier League season to earn Leicester a point against Everton before spending the second half of that season out on loan at Ipswich Town.

Leeds then signed the striker on a four-year deal in July 2015, with Wood scoring 13 Championship goals in his first season at Elland Road.

He then more than doubled that tally last season to finish as the Championship’s top scorer with 27 goals as Leeds just missed out on the play-offs.

Wood scored again on the opening day of the 2017/18 season – taking his career club goal tally to 101 in 291 games – before ending his time in Yorkshire to join the Clarets as their sixth signing of the summer transfer window.

Internationally, the Auckland-born striker has scored 20 times for New Zealand, playing in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa as an 18-year-old where he figured in all three of the All Whites’ three unbeaten group games.

He also became the youngest captain of his country when he led the side for the first time in November, 2014.

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