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Wood returns to Premier League

Chris Wood will wear No. 11 with Burnley FC. Credit: Burnley FC

All Whites striker Chris Wood will make his return to the English Premier League after signing with Burnley FC.

Wood joined Leeds United from Leicester City in July 2015 and scored 44 goals in 88 appearances, and was leading scorer in the Championship with 27 goals last season.

Although he enjoyed the club atmosphere and opportunities he was given with Leeds, Wood is eager to get have another bite at top flight football.

“I’ve had tastes of being in there but I’ve never had the chance to give it a proper bash,” Wood said.

“Coming here I feel I’ve got a proper opportunity to do that. I’ve never started a Premier League game and this is what I want to do.

“This is a club that wants to stay in the Premier League for years to come and it’s going that way.”

“This is a great club and I am very grateful for the opportunity I was given here. The club wanted me to stay and were discussing a new deal but when the opportunity to go to the Premier League I wanted to take this chance with Burnley.

“I wish Leeds all the best for the new season, and I can’t wait to start my new adventure with Burnley.”

Burnley coach Sean Dyche said Wood’s impressive form in the Championship with Leeds was one of the key factors in the decision to bring him into the side.

“I think he’s at a very good age, and I think there’s more to come,” Dyche said of the 25-year-old.

“Potential is a word used about many players in many different ways. It’s not that he’s completely a youngster in the sense of 19-20 years old.

He’s 25, he’s been around a little bit but I still thinks there’s more to come in the player so it’s what he can deliver now but also I think there’s potential for him to continue his own development and add to ours. Top level is difficult we know that, but we think it’s a market he can grow into.

“He brings a thirst for a goal, which obviously you want in any striker, and he brings a belief in himself.

“I think that’s grown over a few seasons and he’s a player I’ve liked for a long time now.”

Chris Wood during his first training session with Burnley FC. Credit: Burnley FC

Wood has signed a four-year deal with Burnley and has already joined in his first training session with the side.

“I would like to thank everyone at Burnley FC for the warm welcome,” Wood said.

“I’m absolutely delighted to be joining such a great club. I’m looking forward to getting out there with the lads, working hard and helping the club progress forward.”


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