Striker Wood arrives from Old Trafford

Last updated : 29 January 2004 By Tony Scholes

He is still to make a breakthrough with the club he has supported all his life and was brought up just five minutes walk away from Old Trafford. He has been with United as a schoolboy since he was eight and finally signed for them as a sixteen year old in the summer of 1999.

He celebrated his 21st birthday at the beginning of this month but is still awaiting his first opportunity with the first team. That has been held back because of a series of injuries that include a blood clot on his thigh, a fractured skull and a serious knee injury.

Thankfully he is now fully recovered from all those setbacks and at the beginning of the season signed a loan deal for former Manchester United player Barry Fry at Peterborough where he played three games and scored his first goal at first team level in their 2-1 home defeat against Colchester.

Although not the tallest of strikers at 5ft 10ins he is considered to be a strong player who is good in the air and will certainly offer us an alternative.

He has signed initially for a month with a view to the deal being extended and Clarets Mad would like to offer him a warm welcome to Turf Moor.