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Neil Warnock on Nathan Wood's loan to Hibernian and his hopes from the move

Sep 13, 2021

Neil Warnock on Nathan Wood's loan to Hibernian and his hopes from the move Nathan Wood joined Scottish Premiership side Hibernian on loan until the end of the season 13:00, 13 SEP 2021 Get the latest Boro stories straight to your inbox with our daily newsletter Invalid EmailSomething went wrong, please try again later. Enter your email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Thank you for subscribingWe have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Neil Warnock hopes Nathan Wood's loan in Scotland will help transform him from a boy to a man, leaving him ready to challenge for Middlesbrough's first team. Wood joined Scottish Premiership side Hibernian on a season-long loan on transfer deadline day, with the exciting young talent not far from a breakthrough at Middlesbrough. While he spent the first half of last season as main centre-half backup for Warnock's side, it was decided in the second half of last term that the 19-year-old needed more first-team experience after being physically dominated in the home defeat to Rotherham United. And after a successful spell in League One with Crewe Alexandra, coupled with added bodies in defence for cover arriving this summer, Warnock once again decided to allow England youth international Wood to go out and gain first-team experience elsewhere, knowing his game-time would be limited on Teesside. Hibernian represents a big step-up for the 19-year-old, who during the international break captained the England Under 20s as yet another example of the fine young talent he is. Explaining the decision to loan Wood out, Warnock said: "He has got to play games Nathan. And no disrespect to the England youth games but he’s got to play competitive men's games I think to improve. "That’s what he needs to do. He has a great attitude in that respect, so I think it’s good for him. "He has to get in the team and stay in the team up there. It’s not easy and it’s a tough old league up there. "Isaiah [Jones] went away last year as a boy and came back a man so it’s done him a tremendous help to show him what it’s like." Wood's first experience of matchday at his new club came this weekend during the Edinburgh derby, where the young Boro starlet was an unused substitute in a goalless draw with Hearts. The hope will be that Wood impresses and earns his place in Jack Ross' side and has the same kind of impact Jones had at Queen of the South last season before returning to Boro next summer ready to seriously challenge for the first team. Speaking of Queen of the South, after Jones' spell there last season worked out so well, Boro this term sent young goalkeeping prospect Sol Brynn there. And the 20-year-old shot-stopper kept his first Scottish Championship clean sheet on Saturday, earning plenty of plaudits as he helped former Boro player Allan Johnston's side beat Raith Rovers 1-0. Johnston said after: "If you defend well, especially with a keeper like big Sol behind the back four, then you've always got a chance of winning. "He's a real talent and we're lucky to have someone of his quality. Clean sheets are important and that's two in a row we've achieved now."

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