Brentford sign highly-rated Shrewsbury midfielder Woods

Brentford have signed midfielder Ryan Woods from Shrewsbury for an undisclosed fee.

Woods, 21, who was nominated for League Two player of the year last season, has signed a three-year contract at Griffin Park.

He has played 103 times for Shrewsbury since emerging through their youth ranks and making his professional debut in April 2013.

Although predominantly a central midfielder, Woods can also play wide on the right and has experience at full-back.

His signing was confirmed an hour before the transfer deadline, and a day after Brentford signed Liverpool youngster Sergi Canos and Red Bull Salzburg striker Marco Djuricin on loan deals.

Brentford head coach Marinus Dijkhuizen told the club’s website: “Ryan is a talented young English player and we can help him develop and move on to the next level at Brentford.

“Ryan plays with his head up and looks to attack. He tries to pass the ball forward and that fits in well with the way we want to play football.”