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Town sign defender Wood on loan deal from Rotherham

23 September 2015

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Experienced centre back will go into Saturday's squad

Fleetwood Town can confirm the signing of Rotherham United defender Richard Wood on a one month emergency loan deal.

Wood teams up with the Cod Army from the Millers and will go straight into Saturday’s squad for the game against Port Vale at Highbury.

The 30 year old began his career with Sheffield Wednesday in 2003 where he stayed for seven seasons before a move to Coventry City.

He spent three years with the Sky Blues and later joined London outfit Charlton Athletic in 2013, but was at the Valley for only one campaign.

A move back up north to Rotherham materialised in 2014, and he featured in the Millers’ Capital One Cup win over the Cod Army last season.

He spent the back end of last season on loan at Crawley Town, where he appeared 10 times and scored on three occasions.

Manager Graham Alexander said: “We’ve spoke about not bringing loans through the door this season because we want to promote from within.

“But if there’s an ingredient in the team that we haven’t got then we have to bring it in, and Richard gives us that.

“He’s a player I’ve admired for a long, long time and originally spoke to him two years ago about bringing him in as a permanent player.

“He had options in the Championship which we could understand but he’s someone I’ve always kept an eye on.

“He’s not been in the picture recently at Rotherham and we think he can add to the quality we have in our squad.

“We know we’ve got a top pro on our hands so he’ll go straight into the squad for Saturday’s game, and I’m sure he’ll give us the effect we’re looking for.”

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