Midfield player in deadline day switch to West London
Brentford have signed Shrewsbury Town midfield player Ryan Woods for an undisclosed fee. The 21-year-old completed a medical in West London this morning and the deal was finalised ahead of the Transfer Window closing at 6pm today, Tuesday 1 September. Ryan has signed a three-year contract and is committed to Brentford until June 2018.
The Staffordshire-born midfield player came through the ranks at Shrewsbury and has spent his entire career at the Shropshire club. Ryan signed a professional contract at the age of 18 in 2012 and made two appearances in his debut year in the First Team squad.
He made his first start at the beginning of the 2013/14 season, at right back, and was a regular that year in a variety of positions. He helped Shrewsbury to win promotion from Sky Bet League Two last season and played 51 games in all competitions, almost all in the centre of midfield.
Ryan’s form last season saw him named as one of the best ten young players in the Football League by FourFourTwo magazine and earn a place in the League Two PFA Team of the Season. He also finished second in the League Two Player of the Season poll conducted for the Football League Awards.
Ryan will train with Brentford this week ahead of the next Sky Bet Championship match, away to Leeds United next Saturday, 12 September.
Marinus Dijkhuizen, Brentford FC Head Coach, said: “Ryan Woods is dynamic holding midfield player. He is a talented young English player and we can help him develop and move on to the next level at Brentford.
“Ryan plays with his head up and looks to attack. He tries to pass the ball forward and that fits in well with the way we want to play football.”
Phil Giles, Brentford FC Co-Director of Football, added: "I am delighted that we have managed to sign Ryan as our last transfer of the summer. He is an extremely talented player who can play at a very high level as his career develops.
“We welcome Ryan to Brentford and look forward to him being available for our next game at Leeds."