Calum Woods eyes Huddersfield Town contract and Liverpool title triumph

The Anfield product would be delighted to earn a new deal and see the Reds top the Premier League

Derby County (3) v Huddersfield Town (1) - Johnny Russell and Calum Woods.

He's blue and white - but red all over.

Eight years after leaving Liverpool, Calum Woods remains a big fan of the Anfield club, who can take another huge step towards their first title in 24 years when they host Chelsea on Sunday.

He’ll be keeping close tabs on that contest, but first on the agenda for the 27-year-old full-back is Town’s final home clash on the Championship campaign against Leicester on Saturday.

Versatile Woods is hoping for a fourth consecutive start and a 20th appearance of the season as he tries to stake a claim for a contract extension.

“The club have an option to extend my contract by a year, so the ball is in their court,” said Woods, who was signed from Dunfermline in 2011 and featured in Town’s Wembley League I play-off winning team at the end of his first season.

“I’d like to stay, and all I can do is work hard to do my best every time I get a chance.

“I haven’t played as much as I’d have liked this season, but I believe I am good enough to play week in, week out, and I am happy to fight for my place.”

 

Scouser Woods, who can play either right or left,, made a quick return to Dunfermline when Town played a friendly at East End Park soon after he was signed by Lee Clark.

The home fans’ reaction made it clear he was a popular player with the Pars, for whom he made 153 appearances and scored 10 goals.

There have been 80 outings for Town, with one goal, in this season’s 2-1 defeat at Bournemouth.

Woods reached the 200 league games milestone when Town sealed Championship survival with Monday’s 2-1 win at Yeovil.

It remains a regret that he couldn’t break into the first team at Liverpool after coming through the academy.

But that hasn’t diluted his passion for the club.

“I was around at the time Rafa Benitez was manager, they were buying all kinds of big-name players and there weren’t too many chances for the youth players,” he said.

“It’s a shame it didn’t work out, but I knew I had to leave for the sake of my career.

“I’m still a Liverpool fan and I’m delighted with where they are.

“They’ve done really well this season and I’d love to see them win the league.

“And I think all neutrals would say the same, if only to have another name up there.”

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