Chris Wood is shaping up as hot property
All Whites striker Chris Wood continues to push his case to his current employers for a shot at the English Premier League.
The former Waikato frontman nabbed his second brace in a week as he spearheaded Millwall to a 4-0 thumping of Huddersfield Town in their Championship clash yesterday.
Wood is on loan from EPL side West Bromwich Albion until the end of the year, with second-tier sides likely to be queuing up for the 20-year-old should he become available during the transfer window.
The New Zealand international has been a prolific scorer for a range of clubs - Brighton and Hove Albion, Birmingham City and Milwall - while out on loan in recent seasons.
After netting twice in a 3-3 draw against Birmingham last week, Wood again impressed when finding the net twice yesterday.
Wood provided the opener when he slid the ball home from 12 metres out following a cross from striking partner Darius Henderson and grabbed his second in the second half with a clever finish after being put through on goal.
Wood still wants to see if he can make the breakthrough into the WBA first team under manager Steve Clarke but also admitted he was keen to continue his good run with Millwall.
"Definitely it's something I want to do," Wood told the Express & Star newspaper.
"I'm enjoying my football and creating chances as well as scoring goals. It's working out well with Darius.
"He's strong, physical and he has one hell of a shot on him."
Millwall boss Kenny Jackett is also keen to keep Wood.
"I've kept in touch with them (WBA) and they've asked me about his progress," said Jackett.
"That's more the coaching staff rather than the powers that be.
"There hasn't been any negotiation and we're just concentrating on the games at the moment," Jackett said.
"We've kept in touch with some very good people at West Brom. They're very keen to see how he's doing.
"We have him up until Christmas.
"With regular football we believe he has it in him.
"That was why I brought him to the club in the first place," the Millwall boss said.
Millwall moved up to 15th on the table and have established a five-match unbeaten run.
- Waikato Times
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