Leeds Striker Signs - Hendrie Heads Out On Loan
Yesterday, Burnley confirmed the expected arrival of Leeds United striker Chris Wood.
The 25 year old New Zealand international comes in on a four year deal from Elland Road for an undisclosed, but club record fee. It's being reported as a £15million fee.
He comes in as manager Sean Dyche's sixth signing of the summer and as last season's leading Championship scorer having returned 27 goals in the league.
His two year stay at Leeds has seen him score 44 goals in 88 games and his career total now reads 101 goals in 293 club games.
Speaking to the Official Site after completing the switch, Wood explained.
'My ambition has been to play in the Premier League for years. I`ve had tastes of being in there but I`ve never had the chance to give it a proper bash. Coming here I feel I`ve got a proper opportunity to do that. I`ve never started a Premier League game and this 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. The squad has done fantastically over the last couple of years to put themselves in the position they are now.'
Wood went on to say.
'There have been some great additions this summer, which I`m sure has given everyone an added boost, to move forward and cement us as a Premier League team and looking on further up the league. The manager has given me a lot of confidence and backed me to bring me here, which is what you want. I`ve still got a lot of good years ahead of me. I`ve got lots of ambitions to achieve in the future. I`ve got goals and dreams that I want to achieve and it starts here.'
Having been in the West Bromwich Albion and Leicester City squads that were promoted into the top flight they were is tastes but he'll be looking for far greater game time with us.
At international level he also has 20 goals in 52 appearances for his country.
Wood is eligible to potentially debut in Wednesday's EFL Cup clash against Blackburn Rovers.
Manager Sean Dyche was obviously delighted with his capture.
'He`s come at a good age with a good experience level and still more to come in the Premier League. I think there`s still potential left in him, not only to do well now but to continue maturing as a player. 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.'
He went on to say.
'You always keep an eye on these players to see when the timing`s right for you to try and attempt to get them and we thought it was right now. And not just because of Andre. It`s someone we had been looking at anyway. It heightened it with Andre moving on and it gives him (Wood) a chance to come and be part of what we do here. We`ve learned over our Premier League seasons you need to affect games in different ways. You come across a lot of different tactical problems and scenarios and different strikers can effect different situations and I think that`s what we`ve looked to do by bringing Chris in.'
In other news, 23 year old defender Luke Hendrie has made a loan switch out to League One Bradford City on a spell that will expire in January. He will build on experience gained at Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock last term.