Wood out to guide Coventry City back to the Championship

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WAKEFIELD Richard Wood wants to stay at Coventry City and help the Sky Blues bounce straight back to the Championship next season.

The Ossett defender was sidelined through a knee injury for the last three months of the campaign and could only watch on from the stands as his team-mates failed to win their fight against relegation.

It was a frustrating spell for the 26-year-old but one he’s determined to put to bed with a promotion-winning term in 2012-13.

“It was really hard watching from the stands while the club tried to stay up,” he said.

“It’s always hard to watch from the stands anyway. We picked up a bit but then dropped away again late on.

“It was just frustrating to be sat in the stands, I wanted to be out on the field helping the lads.

“I can’t get back to action quick enough now. Last season was a bad one for the club and an awkward one for me with the injury. That was last season, promotion has got to be the aim for us next season and I want to be part of that.”

The former Ossett High School pupil has just returned from a “much needed” holiday but has been working hard with the Sky Blues physio to get his fitness levels up to speed before the rest of the team return for pre-season training on Sunday, July 1.

“I’ve not been able to do much, I’ve just been told to rest and recover,” he said.

“I’ve been in with the physio over the summer with the aim to get back into pre-season action when we return.

“I won’t be fully fit because I’ve not done anything since the injury but I’ll catch up.”

The former Sheffield Wednesday captain is certainly part of boss Andy Thorn’s plans.

Thorn said he’d “love him to be fit and available” and that it’s “important” that Wood is part of City’s plans next term.

That, coupled with the defender’s desire to remain at the Ricoh Arena next season, pours cold water on rumours linking him with a move to Chesterfield.

“I want to stay, I don’t want to leave,” he revealed.

“I’m not sure where the rumours of me going to Chesterfield have come from. I want to help the team to promotion next season, that is the aim.”

Wood is hopeful, however, that the current transfer embargo imposed on City for not filing their accounts in time is lifted soon so new players can join him at the Ricoh.

He said: “I think we need some new faces in, a lot of players have left already.”

He continued: “The players don’t really know what’s going on with the embargo situation but hopefully that will be lifted soon.

“That just made last season even tougher for us as a club.

“We return to pre-season training on July 1 so hopefully we’ll know more by then.”

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