Harris: Millwall move is Wood's "major option" in January

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© Nicky Hayes

MILLWALL'S record goalscorer Neil Harris believes Chris Wood could be taking a risk with his career if he turned down a move to The Den in the January transfer window.

Wood has scored ten goals in 18 appearances during his loan spell from West Brom and the Lions have made a £1million-plus bid to sign him permanently in the New Year.

And Harris says the New Zealand international should not be distracted by interest from Leicester City, Brighton or Huddersfield – and make South London his home.

"If he was to step away from Millwall and go to another team, his family and location might play a part in that," he told Lions Live.

"But I believe if you're scoring goals somewhere then that's a good home for you. I learnt that when I left Millwall and went to Nottingham Forest. Forest was a great club but it just wasn't for me.

"If Millwall had a bid accepted by West Brom, and I was giving Chris advice, I'd say he would have to seriously consider this club as his major option.

"I hope he goes on and scores a lot more goals for Millwall. You want to keep your best players and if you have loan players doing well it's important to tie them down.

"I'm sure Kenny Jackett, Andy Ambler and the chairman will be doing everything they can do to make it happen."

Harris, who scored 125 goals in 380 appearances for the Lions, has seen Wood in action for himself and believes the New Zealand international is a rare example of a complete striker.

"I've seen him three or four times this season and I think he's a super player," Harris said. "From what the boys say he's a good lad as well. He's in a team that suits him and he's scoring goals.

"He's had good combinations with Darius Henderson and Andy Keogh. He looks like a really good player for a young lad. He has all the attributes for the modern game too.

"He's big, he's strong, he's got pace and he scores all sorts of goals. Steve Morison was a good all-round forward at Championship level and Chris looks every bit the part.

"I've seen him play in various roles – dropping into the hole, picking up the ball and running with it; being a target man and flicking it on and running the channels."



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