Garston: Millwall matched Foxes pound-for-pound on Wood

© Alan Stanford
© Alan Stanford

DIRECTOR Peter Garston has revealed that Millwall matched Leicester City's offer for Chris Wood "in every financial aspect."

Wood has returned to parent club West Brom ahead of a £1.25million-move to the Foxes next week, after rejecting the chance to stay with the Lions beyond the end of his loan spell.

But Garston, writing in his monthly report as the club's fan on the board, says the New Zealand international's decision could not possibly have been motivated by money.



"I know the salary, transfer fee and all the add-ons that were offered to both West Brom and the player, and I can assure everyone we matched Leicester in every financial aspect," he said.

"Be assured the board went to extreme lengths to get him at the club permanently. As with all transfers, the final decision is with the player as to whether he sees his future at a club.

"As I understand it, Wood and his agent felt there was more chance of him getting Premier League football with Leicester.



"Personally, I find this very annoying as it was only two weeks ago that Chris echoed thoughts of staying with us, especially as he was getting first team football and was very well liked by the fans."

Baggies' assistant coach Keith Downing confirmed: "Leicester have shown a great interest in Chris and I expect the move to be done when the transfer window opens.

"He has done exceptionally well at Millwall and we have brought him back here."

Lions boss Kenny Jackett added: "I'd like to thank Chris for all his efforts during his time with us."

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17 thoughts on “Garston: Millwall matched Foxes pound-for-pound on Wood

  • December 28, 2012 at 13:04
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    I find it hard to believe we matched Leicester in every financial aspect - apparently he's going to sign for close to £20k a week!! Really hope he flops like a jelly on a wet matress! mug!!

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  • December 28, 2012 at 13:09
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    Premier League football with Leicester,they are not going up for a while yet and not with pearson in charge,he has gone as cover as soon as he stops scoring he will be dropped.
    Coming on kenny get a nobody and turn them into a millwall legend and someone who wants to play for us.

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  • December 28, 2012 at 13:12
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    30th march we have got leicester can not wait for that game WOOD beware of shittu

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  • December 28, 2012 at 13:20
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    He'll be warming the bench...... And if he comes on and scores he can celebrate his a*** off for all I care

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  • December 28, 2012 at 13:23
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    I bet secretly Jacket is fuming but because of the man he is he will not show it and rightly so. Its still hard to take cause he did do well with us and we all took to him. Moving on, hope I'm wrong but not convinced Simon Church is the answer as a number 1 replacement as has been reported.

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    • December 28, 2012 at 13:40
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      i think if we can church he could be a cracking player for us,dont want grabben back thats a step backwards

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  • December 28, 2012 at 16:26
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    Why all the needle? with the attitude of some millwall fans no wonder he didn't want to sign for you. Anybody of his age claiming they wouldn't want to better themselves and be ambitious is a liar. No doubt we will lose a key player to a bigger club soon. We will take it better than your lot, cos we are not total hypocrites. grow up lads.. good luck in finding a replacement.

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  • December 28, 2012 at 18:02
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    johnfallen you clearly have no understanding of the situation do you. Its not as if the player had not indicated that he did not want to sign for Millwall during his time here. The player 2 weeks ago clearly went on record as saying he wanted to sign for Millwall 'FACT'. He fitted in here and was liked by his team mates and the fans and he made similar statements towards Millwall. Players sometimes cause their own problems when making statements, sometimes they are better off saying sweet fa. All of a sudden a club outside the prem who like to splash the cash as if its going out of fashion come knocking and he is off. That's what has caused the attitude and your lot would be no different so don't come on here preaching, now be a good boy and do one.

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    • December 29, 2012 at 00:06
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      I understand all the disgusting abuse you lot have aimed at the lad. He got what he and his agent considered a better deal, live with it. It happens to every club ,even man u. ffs grow up..

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      • December 29, 2012 at 10:30
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        Is that the best reply you can do, you clearly don't understand, asked you nicely to do one, now telling you f*** off to your board.

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        • December 29, 2012 at 21:52
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          ha ha.. typical millwall reaction.. dear oh dear.. nobody understands us.. If I don't leave will you beat me up? ha ha...

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          • December 30, 2012 at 10:13
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            You said that fallen not us, school holidays to long for you, now just go will you your boring us.

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  • December 28, 2012 at 18:03
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    I guess we will be playing Leicester in the Championship next season. Even though they've spent millions we still end up beating them.

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  • December 28, 2012 at 20:15
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    Much as Iam as disappointed as anyone that we did not get him, I can honestly say that there is a tried-and-trusted, time-honoured phrase: 'there is no loyalty in football, money talks'. Iam finding it hard to believe that we matched LCFC wage offer, which was reputed to be 'much' more than ours. If Mr Garston can hand on heart confirm we did, then there was nothing we could do anyway. Damn shame if you ask me, I thought CW was finally 'The one'.

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  • December 29, 2012 at 00:20
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    To be honest, I'm glad we haven't busted our budget on him. He's shown his true colours by leaving us, which means my doubts at blowing £1.25m on a player who could shut down after impressing on loan, where probably true (Danny Dichio-esque). We should buy someone who we know will score goals. Simon Church for me is a bit of a risk buy, but at £600,000, probably worth a risk. I'd go for someone like Nahki Wells at Bradford City - proven goalscorer, young eager and raw to go

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    • December 29, 2012 at 11:09
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      Totally agree that the outlay would have been a huge gamble - Wood has a similar loan at Birmingham (during which he bagged a hattrick against us) but after the first 10/15 games he wnet downhill and couldnt hit a cows @rse with a banjo!! Cant see him doing anything at Leicester and IF (its a big if) they do go up he'll find himself in exactly the same situation as he is at West Brom - a mediocre reserve team player!! Good luck Chris - you'll need it you foolish boy!!

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  • December 30, 2012 at 12:44
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    It's annoying as we've made him the player that he is now. Unfortunately we can't compete with the wages. The good thing is Jackett has got a replacement lined up and I for one would be happy to see Steve Morison back!

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