Harrogate Town boss Simon Weaver wants extended Michael Woods stay

NADV 1303028AM1 H'gate Town V Histon. Michael Woods Picture : Adrian Murray.  (1303028AM1)
NADV 1303028AM1 H'gate Town V Histon. Michael Woods Picture : Adrian Murray. (1303028AM1)

Harrogate Town manager Simon Weaver hopes midfield maestro Michael Woods will stay at the club past the end of the season.

Woods struck his second league goal for the club on Tuesday night in the 4-2 victory against Boston United.

The young midfielder signed on non-contract terms at Town at the start of Februrary and has impressed on his five appearances to date.

Weaver has already likened his midfield style to Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere and wants him to ghost free in behind the striker.

The manager said: “He’s a bundle of energy. You have to put him in the forward areas just behind the front man with the freedom to go and play because he could be bypassed.

“He’s not the biggest guy but he’s strong and has got great running ability off the ball.

“I would like to see him next year on this pitch and do some damage.”

His goal against Boston showed Town fans his talent as he lobbed ‘keeper Dan Haysted from 25 yards.

And the technique he showed impressed his boss.

Weaver said: “His awareness is fantastic, he had a little look around his shoulder, a little Paul Scholes look.

“The strike was a combination of a Paul Scholes look round the corner and a Dennis Bergkamp finish.

“It was just awesome. You have to be lifted by that.”

The 22-year-old left Doncaster Rovers shortly after manager Dean Saunders moved to Championship strugglers Wolverhampton Wanderers in January.

And his new manager admits he knew little of the former Chelsea and Leeds United youth player before he arrived at the club.

“He’s bought into what we are about,” Weaver said.

“ We said that when he came here we didn’t know that much about him but I thought he’s really bought into other lads.

“You see Knowlesy and Woodsy sat together in the changing room, they have struck up a partnership.

“It’s about that chemistry.”