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New Zealand youngster Woods a West Brom trainee

The 16-year-old from Waikato has been training at the club since the start of the month while the formalities went through.

Woods is a highly-coveted young forward in New Zealand and has agreed a two-year deal with Albion, which has already seen him working with fellow Academy recruits and the wider first-team squad.

His progress will be eagerly followed in his homeland where his father, Grant, revealed his son had been adjusting well to his new life.

He said: "He's a laid-back character but he loves team training and he's settling in well."

National under-17 coach Colin Tuaa believes Woods has the ability to succeed and provide a significant role model for future New Zealand footballers. He said: "He's a big lad but he's got great feet, a natural nose for goal and a good temperament. I'm confident he'll do well."

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