Eager Wood the type who sets a good example

Winner: Sam Wood battles his way past Shrewsbury's James Hurst in the FA Cup.    PICTURE: PAUL WICKSON
Winner: Sam Wood battles his way past Shrewsbury's James Hurst in the FA Cup. PICTURE: PAUL WICKSON
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ROTHERHAM United newcomer Sam Wood is the sort of player the ordinary fan can identify with.

That’s the view of Millers manager Andy Scott who has given the left winger an opportunity with the Millers after taking him on loan from Brentford.

Wood scored the first goal of his loan spell to be the matchwinner in the 1-0 win against Wimbledon last Saturday and this followed a determined display the previous week at Hereford when he began on the left flank and played the second half at left back - and most efficiently too in the process.

“The lad can play in different roles on that left side and is a real team player,” said Scott.

“He epitomises what every fan who wants to play for their club would like to do if they could get on the pitch.

“He’s tenacious, aggressive, got ability, hard working and he really loves it. The fans see that and see what they’re getting.

“This is someone who appreciates being involved in professional football. He’s done a proper job so he knows what it’s like to work during the day and then go off training at night and play non-league football at the weekend.

“He used to be on the terraces and watch and now he just loves the fact he’s playing.

“He relishes the opportunity he has got and he enjoys it and that enthusiasm rubs off on people. He certainly sets people an example whether it be in training or on matchday.”

Wood, who helped Scott’s Brentford to the League Two title in 2009, will shortly find his place under threat when Gareth Evans comes back after injury.

But Scott says he is seeking to extend the 25-year-old Wood’s stay with the Millers.

Rotherham are at Macclesfield on Boxing Day and then at Cheltenham the folllowing Friday.