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Wood: Christopher Grant (Chris)

2015-2017 (Leeds Player Details) (Player Details)


Born: Auckland, New Zealand: 07-12-1991

Debut: v Burnley (h): 08-08-2015

6' 3' 14st 11lb (2015)

Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Wood was educated at Royal Oak Primary and Cambridge East primary before attending St Paul's Collegiate School, where he started his youth and senior football career with Cambridge FC where he played in the Northern League from the age of fifteen. It was there that he attracted the attention of Waikato FC Academy before going on to play for the senior ASB Premiership club Waikato FC, making his debut in a 1-0 win at Young Heart Manawatu on 24th February 2008, as a seventy-second minute substitute for Luke Findley. He made his full debut the following week in a 0-2 defeat by Waitakere United on 1st March 2008, and went on to start three games and come of the bench twice in the 2007-08 season. He moved to Hamilton Wanderers in the Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Premier where he netted sixteen goals in seventeen games before being recommended to English Premier League club West Bromwich Albion by coach Roger Wilkinson. After a trial he signed for the EPL side in July 2008 at the age of almost seventeen. He had already played three times for New Zealand Under- Seventeens in the 2007 in the FIA Under-Seventeen World Cup in Korea, making his debut, with a full game, in the 0-7 loss to Brazil in the Jeju World Cup Stadium on 18th August 2007. Three days later at the same venue he started in the 0-5 loss to England but was substituted by Geoffrey MacIntyre after seventy-three minutes. Three days later he started in the 0-1 defeat by North Korea at the Ulsan Complex Stadium but was substituted at half time by Kosta Barbarouses. He also scored once in five games for the New Zealand Under-Twenty-Three team. He became only the fifth New Zealander to play in the EPL. Lee Norfolk, Simon Elliott, Leeds United's Danny Hay and Ryan Nelsen having been the first four. However, after some good performances for the West Bromwich Juniors and Reserve teams, he had been promoted to the first team bench at Fratton Park for the game with Portsmouth on 11th April 2009, and with fifteen minutes to go he replaced James Morrison for his debut. He was also on the bench at Manchester City and at home to Sunderland and Liverpool in the weeks that followed, but on 24th May 2009 at Ewood Park, Blackburn he was given his second chance in the final minute when he came on as a substitute for on Juan Carlos Menseguez. In July 2009 he signed a two year contract with West Bromwich Albion with a two year further option, should the club agree. His future was further secured when he signed a new contract in December 2009 for three and a half years with a option for the club to extend it a further year, should they so wish. The 2009-10 season saw Wood make great strides with six starts, twelve games from the bench and nine further games unused on the bench in the Championship League. He made his starting debut in the first game of the season in a 1-1 draw with Newcastle United at the Hawthorns on 8th August 2009, before being substituted nine minutes from time by Simon Cox. He played his first full game for the Baggies in the 2-0 home win over Ipswich Town on 22nd August 2009. He scored his first goal in a 3-1 home win over Doncaster Rovers, five minutes from time after coming on as a seventy-first minute substitute for Chris Brunt on 15th September 2009. There was a further goal at Huddersfield Town in the F. A. Cup on 2nd January 2010, when he scored in the eighty-second minute, just seven minutes after replacing Simon Cox, in one of two such appearances and another in which he was unused in the Competition and three games from the bench in the League Cup. He made his International debut for the full New Zealand team while still only seventeen, on 3rd June 2009 as an fifty-fifth minute substitute for Chris Killen in a 1-2 defeat by Tanzania in Dar-es-Salaam. He sat on the bench three days later as New Zealand were held to a 0-0 draw by Botwana.This was quickly followed a week later,on 10th June 2009, by his second cap in 3-4 defeat by Italy at Atteridgeville Super Stadium at Pretoria in South Africa as a fifty-fifth minute substitute for Chris Killen. He was on the bench four days later for a 0-5 loss to Spain in a FIFA Confederations Cup Group A game at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa, and three days later he gained his third cap at the same venue as a seventy-fifth minute substitute for Chris Killen in a 0-2 defeat by South Africa in the same competition and three days later he was again on the bench for the 0-0 draw with Iraq at the Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg. He took his caps to five with two appearances in the World Cup qualification play-offs with Bahrain. The first being on 10th October 2009 at the Bahrain National Stadium where he was a sixty-sixth minute substitute for Rory Fallon in the 0-0 draw, while in the reverse leg at North Harbour Stadium, Albany, Auckland, where he was an eighty-second minute substitute for Chris Killen. Four caps in friendlies, leading up to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa took his caps to nine, as on 4th March 2010 he came on as a seventy-ninth minute substitute for Shane Smeltz in a 0-2 defeat by Mexico at Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena, California was followed by a 1-2 defeat by Australia on 24th May 2010 at the ANZ Stadium, Sydney in which he was a sixty-sixth minute replacement for Chris Killen, then five days later at the Wortherseestadion, Klagenfurt, Austria, he had his first start and played sixty-one minutes before being replaced by Jeremy Brockie in a 1-0 win over Serbia. This was followed on 4th June 2010 by another start in a 1-3 defeat by Slovenia at Ljudski Vrt, Maribor in which he played the first half before being replaced by Jeremy Brockie. He played three games in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa to bring his total to twelve, but all were as a substitute. He came on for Chris Killen in the seventy-second minute of a 1-1 draw with Slovakia on 15th June 2010 at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, then five days later he replaced Rory Fallon after sixty-three minutes at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit in a 1-1 draw with Italy before replacing the same player in the sixty-ninth minute of a 0-0 draw with Paraguay at the Peter Mokaba Stadion, Polokwane, Limpopo on 24th June 2010. In the 2010-11 season he only had one first team appearance with West Bromwich Albion and that was restricted to just eight minutes as a replacement for Marc Antoine Fortune in a 0-1 defeat at Liverpool on 29th August 2010. He had scored four goals in just three starts for the West Brom Reserves and he did score the Baggies second goal in the first minute of time added at the end of the game in the 2-0 League Cup win over Leyton Orient on 24th August 2010 after he had replaced Giles Barnes after sixty minutes. On 24th September 2010 he was loaned to Championship side Barnsley for three months. He made his debut the following day in a 0-3 defeat at Reading in what proved to be his only full game for the Tykes. He failed to find the net in four starts and three games from the bench and after sitting unused on the bench for three of his last four games for the Yorkshire side, he returned to the Hawthorns by mutual consent on 14th November 2010. Five days later he joined League One side Brighton & Hove Albion until January 2011. He made his debut the following day in a 2-2 home draw with Bristol Rovers, scoring from the penalty spot in the seventy-third minute. Eventually he stayed at Brighton for the rest of the season scoring eight goals in twenty-two starts and seven from the bench in the League and one in two starts in the F.A. Cup. In the 2010-11 season Wood added five more caps to bring him to seventeen in total. All were friendly internationals, the first was a momentous occasion as he scored his first international goal with a header in the forty-fifth minute of a 1-1 draw with Honduras at the North Harbour Stadium on 9th October 2010, in which he played the full game. This was also the case three days later as Paraguay defeated the Kiwis 0-2 at Westpac Stadium, Wellington.The other three games were all away and in each Wood started but was replaced. On 25th March 2011, there was a 1-1 draw with China at Wuhan Sports Centre Stadium in which Kosta Barbarouses replaced him at half-time, while on 2nd June 2011 they were defeated by Mexico 0-3 at the Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colorado, in which Michael McGlinchey came on after sixty-six minutes. Then at the Adelaide Oval three days later they were beaten by Australia also by 0-3 and Aaron Clapham was the substitute after sixty-three minutes. On 5th August 2011 Wood was loaned to Birmingham City, initially for a one month period. He made his debut the following day in a 1-2 defeat at Derby County and came on as a sixty-ninth minute substitute for Keith Fahey. He scored his first League goal in his first starting game in a 2-2 draw at Watford, when he scored the second Birmingham City goal with two minutes left on the clock. He had opened his goal account in the 3-0 home win in the second leg of the Europa League qualifier against CD Nacional from Portugal at St Andrew's on 25th August 2011, when he got the Blues' third goal four minutes before the end having made his starting debut a week earlier in the first leg 0-0 draw at the Estudio da Madeira. He went on to score nine goals in the League from thirteen starts and ten more from the bench and scored twice in two starts and four games from the bench in the Europa League games, before returning to St Andrew's on 5th January 2012 after his loan had twice been extended. Two days later he sat on the bench for the 4-2 win over Cardiff City in the Third Round of the F.A. Cup and he then played a full game for the West Brom Under-Twenty-Ones in a 3-2 win at Chelsea on 9th January 2012, in which he scored the Baggies second goal in the seventy-sixth minute. Three days later, on 12th January 2012, he was loaned to Championship team, Bristol City for the rest of the season. He made his debut two days later in a 0-2 defeat at former club Brighton & Hove Albion, playing a full game. It did not take him long to register his first goal for Bristol, scoring in his second game in a 2-1 home win over Doncaster Rovers on 21st January 2012, when he got the opening goal in the twenty-sixth minute, before being substituted in the seventy-sixth minute by Jon Stead. He went on to score three goals from twelve starts and seven games from the bench in the League. The 2011-12 season saw him increase his New Zealand caps by eight to twenty-five. There were three friendlies and five in the Oceania qualifiers for the World Cup. On 29th February 2012 he scored his second international goal, when he scored in the fifty-fifth minute in a 2-3 defeat by Jamaica at the Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland. He then was a sixty-fifth substitute for Shane Smeltz on 24th May 2012 in a 2-2 draw with El Salvador at the BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas and three days later he was a half-time replacement for the same player in a 1-0 win over Honduras at the Cotton Bowl Stadium, Dallas, Texas. The five World Cup qualifiers were all played at the Lawson Tama Stadium in Honiara, Solomon Islands. They played three matches in group B, on 2nd June 2012, he came on as a fifty-fourth minute substitute for Marco Rojas in a 1-0 win over Fiji, then two days later he played the full game in a 2-1 win over Papua New Guinea, which he scored his third international goal in the fifty-second minute as he gave his side a 2-0 lead. He scored his fourth International goal in the third group game on 6th June 2012, when he opened the scoring in the thirteenth minute of a 1-1 draw with hosts, Solomon Islands and played another full game. In the semi-final two days later they were defeated 0-2 by New Caledonia in a game which Wood started but was replaced by Marco Rojas in the sixty-third minute. In the play-off for third place they defeated the hosts, Solomon Islands by 4-3 on 10th June 2012 and Wood scored a hat-trick as he took his tally to seven, with goals in the tenth, twenty-fourth and twenty-ninth minute as the Kiwis raced to a 3-0 lead and he later was replaced by Cameron Howieson after sixty-three minutes. After returning to the Hawthorns he started the 2012-13 season with two full games for the West Brom Under-Twenty-One side as they defeated Everton 3-1 at home, in which Wood scored the second goal in the fifty-ninth minute but then lost 1-6 at Reading in August. However, on 17th September 2012 he went on a two month loan spell to Championship team Millwall. He made his debut for them as a fifty-seventh minute substitute for Darius Henderson in a 0-2 home loss to Cardiff City on 18th September 2012. Once more he quickly opened his goal account when he scored his side's goal in the seventy-ninth minute of a 1-2 home defeat by Brighton & Hove Albion, four days later, in which he started and played a full game. His loan was extended on 18th November 2012 until the end of the calendar year. He went on to score eleven goals in eighteen starts and one game from the bench. West Bromwich Albion recalled Wood from Millwall on 27th December 2012. The following day the club announced that they had received offers from both Millwall and Leicester City for the permanent transfer of Wood. The player chose to join the the midland club and the transfer was completed on 1st January 2013. While at the Hawthorns Wood had scored once in six starts and fifteen games from the bench in the League and scored once in two substitute appearances in the F.A. Cup and once in four games from the bench in the League Cup. Leicester paid an initial £1.25m, which was expected to rise to £2m. Wood made his debut on the same day in a 6-1 win over Huddersfield Town. He could not have asked for a better start as he scored the first two Leicester goals in the sixth and twenty-fourth minute of the game. Things could not have gone better in his introduction to Championship football with Leicester as in his third game, and second in the League, he hit a hat-trick against former club, Bristol City with goals in the eleventh, eighteenth and forty-first minute in a 4-0 win at Ashton Gate. He scored eleven goals in eighteen starts and one more from the bench as the Foxes finished sixth and reached the play-offs where they were beaten on aggregate in the Semi-Finals by Watford with Wood starting both games. He also scored twice in one start and one game from the bench in the F.A. Cup. He increased his caps by five in the season 2012 -2013 to take him to thirty, as he played in four Group One Oceania World Cup qualifiers and one friendly. On 7th September 2012 he took his goals to eight as he scored the second goal after forty minutes in a 2-0 win over New Caledonia in a Group One Qualifier as he played a full game at Stade Numa- Daly Magenta in Noumea, New Caledonia and four days later added one more to signal his ninth international goal with the fifth goal in a 6-1 win in the seventy -third minute, after coming on as a replacement for the injured Shane Smeltz in the seventeenth minute at North Harbour Stadium, Auckland. He started in the 2-0 win over Tahiti at the Stade Pater Te Hono Nui in Pirae, Tahiti, but was replaced in the sixty-first minute by Jeremy Brockie, and four days later he sat on the bench, unused, in the reverse tie. He scored his tenth international goal on 14th November 2012 a minute before half-time in a 1-1 draw with China at Hongkou Stadium in Shanghai before being replaced in the seventieth minute by Shane Smeltz. It was then back to the World Cup Qualifiers with a 2-1 win over New Caledonia at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, where he played a full game. In the following season of 2013-14, he scored four goals in seven starts and nineteen games from the bench as Leicester won promotion to the EPL as Champions of the Championship and also sat on the bench unused in eight other League games. He also scored four goals in three League Cup ties, including a hat-trick against Carlisle United in the Second Round. On the international front he gained four more caps to take him to a total of thirty-four caps by the end of the season. There were to friendlies in September 2013 in the middle east as he started in a 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh on 5th September 2013, when he was replaced by Chris Killen after sixty- three minutes and four days later he played the full game at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, where they were defeated 0-2 by the United Arab Emirates. In the World Cup qualification play-offs he started in the 1-5 defeat by Mexico at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City on 13th November 2013, when he was booked in the sixteenth minute and replaced by Rory Fallon in the sixty-seventh minute. He was suspended for the reverse fixture a week later when Mexico again triumphed by 4-2 at the Westpac Stadium, Wellington. He took his goals to twelve which he scored twice at the National Stadium in Tokyo, in the fortieth and eightieth minutes as Japan won 4-2 on 5th March 2014. He made his EPL debut for Leicester when he came on as a seventy-eighth minute substitute for Leonardo Ulloa in a 2-2 home draw with Everton on 16th August 2014 and celebrated it with a goal just seven minutes later. It was not to be a happy season for Wood as he managed just seven appearances, all as a substitute, as he failed to add to that debut goal and he also sat unused on the bench in twelve other games. He went on loan to Championship team, Ipswich Town, on 27th February 2015 to the end of the season. He made his debut as a seventy-ninth minute substitute for Daryl Murphy in a 0-2 defeat at Norwich City on 1st March 2015. He made his starting debut three days later in a 1-2 defeat at Leeds United. He went on to start three, come of the bench in five, without scoring and he was also unused in three games, before the Foxes recalled him to help in their relegation struggle on 25th April, and he was an unused substitute in most of their remaining games as the successfully avoided the drop. He added four more caps to bring him to thirty-eight in total as he played a full game at the Pakhtakor Markaziy Stadium in Tashkent as New Zealand were beaten 1-3 by Uzbekistan on 8th September 2015. On 14th November 2014 he was appointed captain of the New Zealand team, their youngest-ever, and he celebrated this with his thirteenth goal when he equalised in the eighty-seventh minute of a 1-1 draw with China at the Jiangxi Olympic Sports Centre Stadium. Four days later he led New Zealand and played a full game in a 0-2 defeat by Thailand at the 80th Birthday Stadium in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand and on 31st March 2015 he again led them for the full game, in a 0-1 defeat by South Korea at the Seoul World Cup Stadium. On 1st July 2015 he moved to Leeds United on a four year contract at a fee expected to rise to £3million. While at Leicester he had scored fourteen League goals in twenty-six starts and twenty-seven games from the bench, as well as two in one start and two from the bench in the F.A. Cup, four in four starts in the League Cup and none in two starts in the Championship Play-offs. After missing United's first two pre-season friendlies against York City and Eintracht Frankfurt through injury, he made his debut when he started in a 1-2 defeat against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on 25th July 2015 at Lillestrom in Norway. He scored his first Leeds goal in his next game in a 2-0 win over EPL side Everton at Elland Road on 1st August 2015, when he scored a fine goal in the eightieth minute to seal the game for Leeds. He made his League debut on the opening of the new season, at home to Burnley on 8th August 2015 and his first League goal followed in the fifty-second minute of his third League game, when he gave Leeds a two goal lead in a game they eventually drew 2-2 at Bristol City on 19th August 2015. He was the first choice striker for the whole season but had several spells when he was injured and caused him to miss ten League games and all three F.A. Cup ties. He finished top scorer with thirteen League goals. He played the first nine games including one as a substitute in the League Cup at Doncaster Rovers, and by then had scored three more goals with a sixty-fifth minute equaliser at home to Sheffield Wednesday on 22nd August and two minutes from time to get United's winning goal in a 2-1 win at Derby County, two days later, before opening United's score from the spot after thirty-one minutes in a 2-1 win at Milton Keynes Dons on 19th September 2015, but then he missed the 0-3 loss at Middlesbrough on 27th September 2015. The injury was quickly healed and he was leading the forwards for the home game with Birmingham City and played another fifteen games before he had further trouble. In those games he scored the equaliser from the spot in the sixty-fourth minute of the 1-1 draw at Fulham on 21st October 2015; and United's second goal, after seven minutes of time added before the interval, in the 3-0 win at Huddersfield Town on 7th Novermber 2015; then got the opening goal of the match, in the thirtieth minute, in a 2-1 home win over Hull City on 5th December 2015 and brought his tally to eight when he made the score 2-1 in the seventy-first minute of a 2-2 home draw with Derby County on 29th December 2015. Wood was withdrawn from the field as a precaution after slightly pulling his hamstring in heading that goal and did not play in the home game against Milton Keynes Dons four days later, again as a precaution. The injury proved to be more troublesome than first thought and he missed three League games and one Cup tie before he was fit enough to take his place on the bench at home to Bristol City on 23rd January 2016 and came on to replace Tomani Carayol after fifty-four minutes. He was able to start the next game at Brentford three days later but lasted just nineteen minutes before he had to go off with a recurrence of his hamstring injury. This caused him to miss the next eight games, two of which were in the F.A. Cup. He returned on the bench as a precaution and came on as a substitute, in the eighty-fifth minute of the 2-1 win at Blackburn Rovers and then in the seventy-fourth minute at home to Huddersfield Town. He was then a starter in all nine games until the end of the season. He added a goal in the seventieth minute as he opened the score in a 1-1 draw at home to Queens Park Rangers on 5th April 2016. He added two more in the 3-2 win over Reading at Elland Road on 16th April 2016, scoring the Leeds second goal to put them in front 2-1 in the sixty-ninth minute and then restored the lead at 3-2, in the eighty-fifth minute to give them victory. He then opened the scoring after fifteen minutes in the 2-2 draw at Hull City on 23rd April 2016 and scored in the final game at Deepdale on 7th May 2016 from the spot to give United the lead in the seventy-eighth minute, but Preston equalised as the match finished 1-1. On the international front, he had remained captain of New Zealand and had scored five goals in four games to bring his tally to eighteen in forty-two games. On 12th November 2015 he scored the only goal of the match in the fifth minute as New Zealand defeated Oman at the Al-Seeb Stadium in a friendly. New Zealand were involved in the World Cup Qualifiers in Port Moresby in Papua and New Guinea. All games were played at the Sir John Guise Stadium and they opened on 28th May 2016 with a 3-1 win over Fiji with Wood getting his goal from the spot in the sixty-first minute as the All Whites won 3-1. Three days later Vanuata were beaten 5-0 and Wood claimed two of them opening the scoring in the fifth minute with a left foot shot and the second with a right foot shot a minute later, he was in good touch and could have got more but was carried off with a recurring ham- string problem after just fifteen minutes. He was rested on the bench as New Zealand beat Solomon Islands 1-0 on 4th June 2016. He led them in the Semi-Finals as he scored the only goal from a free-kick in the forty-ninth minute as New Caledonia were beaten on 8th June 2016. He was fit for the final, but had to attend a family wedding in New Zealand and the Kiwis won 4-2 on penalties after it being 0-0 after extra time. He was expected to be available for pre-season training. Wood showed a vast improvement in his second season as he remained relatively injury-free and scored many vital goals. He led the goalscorers with twenty-seven from forty-one starts and three more from the bench he added three more goals from one start and three from the bench in the League Cup for a tally of thirty for the season. He was rewarded for this by many plaudits, winning the Championship Player of the Month award for January 2017, and was also the PFA Fans' Championship Player of the Month for both January and March. He came close to being the Championship Player of the Season, but but was just shaded by Anthony Knockaert of Brighton. He and teammate Pontus Jansson were both named in the Championship Team of the Season and the All divisions Team of the Season, and he was selected for the PFA Championship Team of the Year. At club level, he won Leeds United's Player of the Year and Players' Player of the Year awards for 2016–17. At International level he took his goal tally to twenty-three with five goals and he captained his side in the final six appearances of eleven games that took his caps to fifty-three. The first was in a 1-2 defeat by Mexico at the Nissan Stadium in Nashville Tennesse on 9th October 2016 and two days later at the Robert F. Kennedy Stadium in Washington D.C. they held U.S.A. to a 1-1 draw. Then followed four Oceania World Cup Qualifying games, which saw him play three full games. They were on 12th November 2016 in a 2-0 home win over New Caledonia at the former North Harbour Stadium in Auckland which had now been renamed the QBE Stadium, a game in which he captained the team. Three days later at the Stade Yoshida in Kone, New Caledonia, he played in the reverse fixture, which ended in a 0-0 draw. On 25th March 2017 at Churchill Park in Lautoka, Fiji, he opened the scoring in the forty-eighth minute in a 2-0 away win, but had to miss the reverse fixture, which saw the same score, three days later at Westpac Stadium, Wellington, due to injury. He was captain and played a full game in two International Friendlies in preparation for the Confederations Cup, which saw them in Group A along with Russia, Mexico and Portugal! The Two friendlies were on 2nd June 2017, when they lost 0-1 at Windsor Park Belfast to Northern Ireland and ten days later in Traktor, Belarus where they lost by the same score. As expected the all Whites made little impression in the Confederations Cup, which was hosted by Russia, and they went down 0-2 to the host nation on 17th June 2017 at the St Petersburg Arena, before being beaten by Mexico 1-2 at the Olympiastadion, Sochi, four days later, with Wood opening the scoring in the forty- second minute with a right footed shot, only for Mexico to score twice in the second half. Portugal ended any interest that the All Whites had with a 0-4 win at the St Petersburg Arena on 24th June 2017. Wood then hit a hat-trick on 1st September 2017 in the Oceania World Cup Qualifiers in a 6-1 win over Solomon Islands at the QBE Stadium in Auckland. He opened the scoring after eighteen minutes with a left foot shot, before adding a second in the thirty-sixth minute with a right foot shot and rounded off the scoring at 6-1, three minutes into injury-time from a free-kick. As the result virtually ensured New Zealand's progress, Wood was rested, and returned to Burnley, for the return leg at the Lawson Tama Stadium in Honiara which saw a 2-2 draw. He missed the early friendlies with Harrogate Town and Guiseley, but went on the club tour to Austria and started both games against German side Borussia Monchengladbach and Spanish team SD Eibar. He also featured in United's final friendly at home to Oxford United. As the new season got underway he opened his goal account in the thirtieth minute of the opening game at Bolton Wanderers to give United a 2-0 lead, but eventually they had to settle for a 3-2 away win. He was an unused substitute in the 4-1 home win over Port Vale. He played full games in the 0-0 home draws with Preston North End and Fulham. Because of his undoubted success, there had been much speculation regarding a move to the EPL and after several initial bids that were rejected by Leeds and on 18th August 2017 Leeds offered a contract for three years. He requested not to play in the 2-0 away win at Sunderland on 19th August 2017 as a transfer seemed imminent. On 21st August 2017, Wood signed a four-year contract with Premier League club Burnley for an undisclosed club-record fee, widely reported as £15 million. He was a forty-third minute substitute for Burnley when he made his first appearance for Burnley in a 2-0 away win over Balackburn Rovers on 23rd August 2017. He made his Premier League debut for Burnley on 27th August against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium. He scored his first goal for his new team in second minute of injury time as he equalised to make the score 1-1. It did not take him long to get his second Burnley goal, as it came in the third minute of his second League game in a 1-0 home win over Crystal Palace on 10th September 2017. He played all but the final three minutes of the 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Anfield on 16th September 2017, when he made way for Sam Vokes. His next game was as a seventy-second minute substitute for Sam Vokes on 19th September, when both he and Charlie Taylor faced Leeds in the League Cup at Turf Moor in a match that finished 2-2, after extra-time, but Leeds triumphed 5-3 on penalties. He netted Burnley's first goal, from the spot, after eighty-nine minutes to draw the scores level, he was brought down in the final minute which led to Burnley's second equaliser and when the game went to penalties, he stepped up to net Burnley's first attempt, but it was all to no avail.To that point his season had been quite fruitful with one goal in three League starts for Leeds, while he had scored twice in three starts and one game from the bench in the League and one goal in two substitute appearances in the League Cup. He finished his first season at Turf Moor with eleven goals of which one was in the League Cup and ten in the EPL . He had started twenty, come of the bench four times and remained unused once in the EPL and had twice come off the bench in the League Cup. At Internationallevel he took his caps to fifty-six and his goals to twenty-four, with a 1-2 defeat by Japan in a friendly at the Toyota Stadium in Aichi Prefecture, Japan in which he scored with a fifty-ninth minute header as he played a full game. He then played both legs of World Cup Qualifying play-offs with a 0-0 draw in the home leg at the Westpac Stadium, Wellington in which he played fourteen minutes after replacing Clayton Lewis in the seventy-fourth minute. While in the away leg at the Estadio Nacional José Díaz in Lima, the All Whites were eliminated by Peru who scored twice without reply as Wood replaced Bill Tuiloma at half-time.He had a mediocre start to the 2018-19 season finding the net just twice, both in the Europa League qualifiers, the first in a 3-1 home win over Aberdeen on 2nd August 20108 and the second in a 1-3 defeat at Olympiacos Piraeus, which saw them eliminated from the cmpetition after he had started three and come off the bench twice. Four starts and five games from the bench in the EPL and one start in the League Cup did not see him score in those competitions.

League 77/641
F.A. Cup 00
League Cup 1/43