Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock believes Nathan Wood will benefit from a season-long loan move to the Scottish Premiership with Hibs.

Leith head coach Jack Ross moved to bring in the England youth centre-back last month as he bolsters his defensive options. Middlesbrough rate Wood highly and see him as a potential first-team player. But according to Warnock, he needs to build up senior experience before that.

Wood has signed for Hibs from Middlesbrough on a season-long loan deal and Boro boss Warnock believes it is a move of great benefit to the youngster. (Photo by Hibernian FC)

Wood has been training with Hibs since his August move but is yet to make his debut in Edinburgh. Warnock believes it will be a beneficial transfer: “He has got to play games Nathan. And no disrespect to the England youth games but he’s got to play competitive men’s games I think to improve.

“That’s what he needs to do. He has a great attitude in that respect, so I think it’s good for him.  He has to get in the team and stay in the team up there.

“It’s not easy and it’s a tough old league up there. Isaiah [Jones] went away last year as a boy and came back a man so it’s done him a tremendous help to show him what it’s like.”

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