WOOD SO EA­GER TO HELP BLUES’ CHARGE

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Joanna Pendle­ton

IP­SWICH’S new loan sign­ing Chris Wood says he’s not just con­tent with beat­ing ‘Old Farm’ ri­vals Nor­wich to­day – he wants a win to help cat­a­pult the Trac­tor Boys into the Pre­mier League.

The 23-year-old striker has signed on loan from Pre­mier League side Le­ices­ter un­til the end of the sea­son.

And af­ter mak­ing just one start for the Foxes this sea­son, Wood is ea­ger to make up for lost time.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to help­ing out and hope­fully play­ing a part in get­ting Ip­swich pro­moted,” Wood said af­ter sign­ing on Fri­day. “The lads are fly­ing at the mo­ment and it’s a great group to be join­ing.

“I’m ex­cited for the chal­lenge ahead and play­ing games is what I’m af­ter. Le­ices­ter have let me go out on loan and I’m con­vinced Ip­swich will be the right club for me.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to get­ting started and hope­fully I can play a part in the derby.”

Ip­swich boss Mick McCarthy has long ad­mired Wood’s goal-scor­ing abil­i­ties and will hope he can form a for­mi­da­ble part­ner­ship with in-form Daryl Mur­phy.

McCarthy has had to put up with in­jury prob­lems of late and there were only 18 first-team play­ers avail­able for Tues­day’s 4-2 victory over Birm­ing­ham.

Mid­field­ers Dar­ren Am­brose and Stephen Hunt, as well as strik­ers Noel Hunt and David McGoldrick, are side­lined, mean­ing Wood may have a chance to play.

Ip­swich’s last derby win came in their 3-2 victory at Port­man Road back in April 2009 but the Trac­tor Boys head into this fix­ture in good form hav­ing won three of their last four games.

Wood teams up with fel­low New Zealand in­ter­na­tional Tommy Smith at Port­man Road.

“I spoke to him about ev­ery­thing con­cerned with the club and ev­ery­thing he said was pos­i­tive,” he added.

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