It can be said that the Player of the Year award can go to some players head, a prime example of that is Charlie Taylor, who won it and since has been too good for Leeds United it seems. This season it doesn’t seem that it will be an issue as Chris Wood targets promotion with Leeds rather than a “let’s see what will happen” attitude many can take.

Wood has had a fantastic season and one thing you will know if you have or if you get the chance to meet him is that he is one of the most humble and down to earth footballer around these days. His softly spoken way isn’t always the case with footballers and he will always take time to get a photo or sign something for you, something that not all footballers feel obliged to do. On top of that he always seems happy to do it and rather than feel the “big man” footballer who fans love he seems to enjoy being appreciated and showing his appreciation to the fans in equal measure.

In terms of his future he has said in no uncertain terms it lies at Leeds United and his aim is to take the next step towards promotion next season with Garry Monk and the players currently at the club. He was embraced by new owner Andrea Radrizzani as he made his way on stage to collect his Player of the Year award and backing of the players in these situations will help the cause of Garry Monk, a cause backed by all fans and media as well as himself and the players. Wood has made it clear he wants Monk in charge, and others such as Pontus Jansson and Kyle Bartley made their feelings clear also, Monk is their man.

Wood can kick on and have an even better campaign in August with a full pre-season and some quality attacking players added around him. The Kiwi skipper has dragged us through games on his own at times this season and as much as he says the players create the chances for him he turned into a striker feeding off scraps and converting every chance that came his way. Some strikers have a 1/2 or 1/3 conversion rate but Wood turned into a striker who took every chance that came his way, which was one every two games as the season went on.

Wood is a great example to all footballer who want to be a success at Leeds United. On the pitch he has worked his bollocks off to make the situation great when many doubted him and off the pitch he is down to earth and willing to take time to interact with the fans who now idolise him at this football club.

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Born in Gibraltar, raised in Scotland from a very young age. Been a huge fan of Leeds United since I could walk and talk, thanks to my Dad, the English half of me. After a few years in Australia I moved to Leeds, the trips from Scotland down to the city a few times a season didn't cut it. Love the city. Love the people, and the 12 hour round trip to Elland Road is about a 20 minute round trip. Love writing about the club, the more I write the more I feel comfortable doing it. As long as it's enjoyable I'll continue to do so, keep looking to step it up and progress as well. Leeds United is more than just a football team for me, as is it with so many others.

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