WOODS IS GOING FOR A DOUBLE
Terriers survival – and Liverpool title
HUDDERSFIELD defender Calum Woods is hoping to make it a double celebration this season by keeping the Terriers in the Championship and seeing boyhood club Liverpool win the Premier League.
Scouser Woods, 27, started his career in Liverpool’s academy, coming through the ranks with the likes of Lee Peltier, Danny Guthrie and Jay Spearing.
And though he was forced to up sticks and join Scottish outfit Dunfemline to pursue his dream of making it as a pro, he has never lost his affection for the Anfield club, who currently sit two points clear of Chelsea at the Premier League summit.
“I’m a Liverpool fan and I’m delighted with where they are,” said the full-back. “They’re doing really well and I’d love to see them win the league. I think everybody would, just to see a different team up there.
“I still go to a game if I get the chance. If we play on a Saturday and they play on a Sunday, I’ll always try to get a ticket.
“I wish I could say I had some old mates on the pitch but I’m getting on a bit so all the lads I grew up with have gone. And to be fair, hardly anybody made it.
“I played with Jay Spearing, Lee Peltier and a few others around that age. It was around the time Rafa Benitez was manager and there wasn’t much chance for the youth players.
“They were buying all sorts of world-class players and it wasn’t until a few years later that people started getting a chance.
“It’s a shame it didn’t work out, but I’ve got no regrets about leaving. I had to do it for my career.”
Which brought him, after five years in Scotland, to Huddersfield in 2011.
A regular under both Lee Clark and then Simon Grayson as the Terriers won promotion from League One in 2012, the left-back made 30 Championship appearances last term and has recently forced his way back into the side. “I think I took to it well,” he says. “The standard isn’t as good in Scotland. There are some good players and some good teams up there. The league is competitive. But the standard isn’t consistent – that’s why a lot of people in Scotland are trying to get moves to English clubs.”
Having survived last season, the current campaign under Mark Robins briefly promised a tilt at the play-offs.
But a nine-game winless streak has transformed promotion ambitions into relegation worries, with just six points separating Huddersfield from the bottom three going into this weekend’s games.
“We have had a bad run over the last few games, but we’re focussed,” Woods added. “We know what we have to do to get safe – we need a couple of wins as soon as possible.
“In this position, you’re always looking over your shoulder, but we know a win would put those worries to bed.
“We’ve been on a poor run, but we’ve beaten some good teams before that. We know what we’re capable of.”
THE WRIGHT STUFF: Millwall midfielder Josh Wright with girlfriend Hollie Kane and, inset, Nicola Robinson
FOCUSSED: Calum Woods