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Woody - The Clock Is Ticking

Wednesday defender Richard Wood is yet to put pen to paper on a new deal at Hillsborough, and it's now more important than ever to sign him up.

With criticism from Wednesdayites flying around about the current state of the Owls defence, and rightly so, Woody has been the one back four 'regular' who's come through relatively free of criticism.

Of course, the defence collectively has to take the blame for some poor showings at the back of late, Woody's no exception, but he can arrive at Middlewood Road with his head held higher than that of Mr. Purse and Mr. Buxton.

Let's not forget that Woody was marked as the 'weak link' at the start of the season by some fans, and he could be the one player who we could sell and cope without in light of the signing of Purse, and back-up of Beevers and Hinds.

Now, just a matter of weeks later, he looks like the first defender down on the team sheet, and who knows just how many more goals we'd have conceded had he not been in the starting eleven.

Signing him up to a new deal at S6 has never been more important, but whether that happens or not remains to be seen.

This time last year the Owls were on the end their now infamous thumping at Reading, and Vital understands Woody was ready to leave Wednesday - at the time to further his career with Coventry City.

Woody was full of praise for the management, led by Brian Laws, but was wary of the direction that the club was going in - this was before the arrival of Lee Strafford at the helm.

Now, off the pitch at least, things are moving forward, and Strafford must make getting Woody to stay at the club a priority before Christmas, before the vultures come and try and sign him up on the cheap.

We all know Coventry and Chris Coleman are interested in him, and I doubt that has changed since last season.

He won't be asking crazy money, and he's been here since a nipper - he knows the club, and the fan base, inside out.

We've secured Tudgay, we've secured Tommy, now it's time to secure Woody so we can build on and improve what's been a poor defence this season.




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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday October 6 2009

Time: 6:23PM

Your Comments

Good article Nick....I actually think the signing of Purse has helped Woods........it has shown Laws that Woods is 10 times better than Purse.....get him signed up to a new deal.
CLIFFANDJ
Like any young footballer Woody is ambitious and may be measuring our performance this season against the possibility of signing a new contract. If we turn into contenders I expect him to sign but if we continue our current form bye bye Woody.
robc
agreed all depends where we are near xmas i think if we are in bottom half think he'll go elsewhere
Barton6435
Wood needs to sign ASAP. He is by far our best defender and has been for the past 2/3 seasons. Would be a hugs loss if he does go.
will it ever happen
Which is why we need to start winning so drop Purse, tell Simek and Sodje they're starting and playing for their contracts, if you fancy a gamble BL (unlikely) why not throw Esajas and JJ on from the start, use Clarke as sub in games we're winning and let's get back to winning ways. Or you could carry on with plan A and keep playing Purse.
robc
Robc has the right idea. Our strongest team surely has to include simek - I can't understand why he has been left out all this time, before he was injured he was easily one of our top three players. Also Esajas and JJ are our easily best options on the wings and if everyone is available i'd go with sodje and tudgay up front and beevers and wood at the back every time - I don't know what everyone else thinks but I just think those are the strongest options.
jacey
Enough is enough Laws. Even good managers make mistakes but great ones acknowledge it a do something about it. Purse is not only not good enough, but I feel his presence as captain makes woody's exit more likely. With regards Clarke, as much as I like him, he is not good enough. He is a bit like Lee Peacock - good grafter and popular but not good enough even though we all wish he was. I don't think we have any other option than to play jeffers again. Being on the transfer list didn't do Whelan any harm.
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