Chris Wood completes loan move to Milwall

Last updated 09:40 18/09/2012
Chris Wood and Kosta Barbarouses
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GOOD JOB, YOUNG MAN: Chris Wood hugs Kosta Barbarouses after his goal, set up by a Barbarouses cross, in the All Whites' 6-1 victory over the Solomon Islands.

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All Whites football striker Chris Wood has completed a loan move to English Championship side Millwall until November 20.

The London club last week signalled their intent to boost attacking stocks with the 20-year-old Kiwi, and the paperwork was completed overnight.

It is the fifth time Wood has been loaned out from English Premier League club West Bromwich Albion as he continues to miss out on first team action at the Midlands club.

Wood has agreed to a switch to The Den until November 20, though West Brom can recall him after the first 28 days.

Wood, who scored a hat-trick against Millwall while on loan at Birmingham City last season, is available for tomorrow morning's (NZT) visit of Cardiff.

''I'm not in the first-team picture at West Brom so I'm dying to start playing regular football again,'' Wood told the Millwall club website, having returned to England following the All Whites' two Oceania World Cup qualifiers last week.

''In January I will give some thought to my longer-term future, but for now I'm just looking forward to playing for Millwall and hopefully scoring some goals.''

Meanwhile, Queens Park Rangers boss Mark Hughes has paid tribute to All Whites captain Ryan Nelsen after the veteran defender's ''dominant'' performance over Spain striker Fernando Torres during their 0-0 draw with Chelsea on Sunday (NZT).

Nelsen had just one training session with QPR, having played in New Zealand's 6-1 World Cup qualifying win over the Solomon Islands in Auckland last Tuesday.

Hughes was not surprised by Nelsen's performance, saying his only regret was that the defender was not 10 years younger.

''Ryan was excellent. You know what you're going to get from him, a consistent level of performance," Hughes told reporters in England.

''He's gone up against a striker of world renown [Torres] and really dominated him. Given the week that he's had it's really a credit to him.

''I had to make sure he was fit and well and ready for Premier League games. He came back from the Olympics so I had to be careful. Once he had a couple of weeks training I knew he was ready."

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