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Woods Is Happy To Be Here

25 June 2019

Putting pen-to-paper on a two-year deal at Boundary Park, the goalkeeper gave his initial thoughts ahead of the 2019/20 season.

Happy to be at the club, he is now looking forward to the test ahead with Latics.

"I’m obviously delighted to be here, I’ve been away from the English game for a while now and I had a few opportunities to go elsewhere, but once Oldham got in touch and I spoke to the owners about the vision and what they want to do with this club, it was the right fitting for me.

"I was impressed with everything they had to say, obviously I’ve not been here for a while at the stadium and the new stand looks brilliant, so I’m really looking forward to getting started."

With a new challenge ahead back in English football, he is aiming for a positive start to his time in the North-West.

"I could have stayed up in Scotland, but I’ve got a partner and young family who are north based so I think it’s best for me and my family now to move down here and start making some roots."

He added: "And for me, it was a fantastic opportunity here as I’ve never played in League Two. I’ve always played respectively higher, but for the vision of the club and what he wants to do, that’s why I wanted to be involved in a club that’s going to be winning games and pushing high up the table.

"At Hamilton, we were towards the lower end of the table, but I really enjoyed my time there and I’ve not got a bad word to say about the club, but now I’m looking for a fresh challenge. So I'm coming to somewhere that’s trying to win something and get up to League One."

The 28 year-old will only have a short time away before coming back for pre-season next week and knows the trip to Morocco will be a great opportunity to prepare.

"When you first sign for a new club, it’s like your first day back at school as you meet new people, but there’s going to be people in the same position as me.

"It will be good to get to know everyone and there’s not many clubs that will be going to Morocco for pre-season, never mind League Two clubs, so it shows the vision of the owners and what they want to do to to make sure they put on such a good pre-season trip for the lads.

"It’s not going to be a holiday though as we’re there to work hard to make sure we’re in the right shape come the start of the season. For us, we have to go down there give our all, impress the new Head Coach and kick on for the start of the season."

As a player who has spent time away north of the border, Woods gave his opinion on what Latics fans can expect from him for those not aware of his career.

"I’ll always be honest, I’ll give everything I have every day in training and matchday’s.

"I find myself quite a consistent goalkeeper which I base myself on, as well as a good shot stopper and a good distributor. I'm also very experienced at the lower levels of English football, so I’m just looking forward to getting started to help Oldham Athletic move up."


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