Hibs head coach Jack Ross says Middlesbrough loanee Nathan Wood has a ‘big future’ ahead of him after penning his season-long loan deal at Easter Road.
The England youth centre-back joins the Scottish Premiership club to bolster Ross’ defensive options. Hibs had a bid booted out for St Johnstone centre-back Jamie McCart over the weekend but Wood was a target regardless, the defender taking in Saturday’s 2-0 win against Livingston. His move away from Middlesbrough is now confirmed.
Ross said: “We’re delighted to bring a young player of Nathan’s quality in. It’s been no secret that we wanted to strengthen our defensive area and he will certainly do that. He’s a really good player with a big future ahead of him. He will join the group after his international duty with England’s youth set up. We look forward to working with him.”
A statement adds: “We are delighted to announce that Nathan Wood has joined Hibernian on a loan deal from Middlesbrough. The England youth international’s loan will run until the end of the 2021/22 campaign. The highly-regarded young defender came through Boro’s academy and became the club’s youngest-ever player at the tender age of 16.
“He came on as a substitute in the EFL Cup against Notts County in August 2018. He continued to work with the first team and went on to make his league debut the following season.”
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