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Chris Wood signs new West Bromwich Albion contract

West Brom striker Chris Wood
Wood scored his first goal for West Brom against Doncaster in September

Teenage striker Chris Wood has signed a new three-and-a-half year contract at West Brom, with the club having the option of an additional 12 months.

The New Zealand international, 18, only signed his first professional deal in May but has been rewarded for his progress this season.

Wood said: "I'm really happy to have been given a new contract.

"The club said they would reward me if I performed and they have kept their word," he told the club website.

Wood made his debut for West Brom in the Premier League at Portsmouth last season and has made 18 appearances this term, as well as being part of the New Zealand squad that has reached next summer's World Cup finals in South Africa.

He added: "The length of contract gives me real stability at the club.

"It also makes me want to work even harder to succeed here and help the club progress."

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