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Rovers sign experienced defender Richard Wood

23 May 2023

Rovers are delighted to confirm the signing of experienced defender Richard Wood on a one-year contract.

The 37-year-old becomes Grant McCann’s second signing of the summer and significantly bolsters the defensive ranks at the club.

“The aim is to get out of League Two but I’m hoping I can also help the rest of the team,” he said. “I see myself as a leader and an organiser. I’ve got plenty of experience, being around a long time and hopefully I can help this young team and make them better.

“I’m pleased, really excited and looking forward to a good season ahead.”

Wood has made more than 600 career appearances across the Championship and League One, securing four promotions to the second tier on his CV.

Three of those came with Rotherham United, where the Yorkshire-born defender has spent the last nine years after joining from Charlton Athletic.

Wood came through the youth ranks at Sheffield Wednesday and went on to make almost 190 appearances for the Owls before switching to Coventry City.

Manager Grant McCann said: “It’s a really good signing for us. He brings really good experience, he’s a natural leader, he’s a really good presence in both boxes - not just defending set pieces but also attacking them.

“He’s had a tremendous career. There’s been quite a bit of interest in him since he came on the market and we’re delighted to get him here.”

The deal is subject to EFL ratification.


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