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Ryan Woods is a Blue

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Talented midfielder Ryan Woods will join Blues on a three-year-deal, on 1 July.

The 27-year-old signs for the Club having spent the past season-and-a-half with fellow Championship side Millwall - on loan from Stoke City.

A technically gifted playmaker, Woods becomes Lee Bowyer’s first acquisition as Blues Boss.

Supremely confident on the ball, his deep-lying capabilities will enhance Blues midfield options as Bowyer begins to mould his squad ahead of the new season.

Having spent most of his career in the Championship, Woods has developed a reputation as a player with an envious range of passing and a desire to want and, more importantly, keep the ball.

Born in Staffordshire, he began his youth career at Walsall before moving to Shrewsbury at the age of 15.

He turned professional in 2012 and made over 100 appearances for the Shrews before joining Brentford on a three-year deal.

A metronome in the middle of the park, Woods’ ability to manipulate the ball earned him a regular starting place at Griffin Park.

He racked up 42-appearances in his first season in West London, marking the scoresheet against Reading and MK Dons, as the Bees secured a top-ten finish.

His influence on the team grew further the following campaign when only ‘keeper Daniel Bentley and then Brentford defender Harlee Dean started more games (42) for the Bees.

He was named Players’ Player of the year in 2017 and followed it up with another honour the following season, scooping the Supporters’ Player of the Year award as an ever-present in the centre of Brentford’s midfield.

In the summer of 2018, the deep-lying midfielder moved to Stoke City and, after his loan agreement was made permanent, he was quickly appointed stand-in captain in the absence of Ryan Shawcross.

He enjoyed a successful start to his time back in Staffordshire but several changes to both the managerial position and style of play at the bet365 Stadium forced Woods to go in search of more regular First Team football.

He made the switch to Millwall in January 2020, initially on a six-month loan, where he played 18 times for the Lions who narrowly missed out on the play-offs.

Such was the success of his first stint at the Den, Woods re-signed on loan for the 2020/21 campaign making a further 46 appearances as one of Millwall’s most consistent performers.

With over 300 league appearances to his name, Woods arrives with a wealth of Championship experience and says he is looking forward to the next chapter in his career.

“I’m absolutely delighted to be here”, Woods said. “To be through the door this early in the summer is a big positive for me. It means I’m here in time for pre-season and gives me chance to get to know everybody.

“This feels like the perfect move for me at this stage in my career. I managed to play a lot of games for Millwall last season and I’m looking to play more football and get back to the best I can be.

“I’m 27 and coming into my prime but I still want to improve. I believe my best days are still in front of me. I wanted to choose a Club that suits me and will be the best place for me to keep improving.

“I love being on the ball and if I can bring more attacking players in better positions into the game then hopefully we can play some really exciting stuff.

“I’m looking forward to seeing how far we can go.

“I can’t wait to go to St. Andrew’s and have the crowd behind me rather than them giving me some stick! To hopefully have the fans back in the stadium will be amazing and I’m buzzing to play in front of them.”

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