Nathan Wood joins Hibernian on loan from Middlesbrough

The defender will spend the season at Easter Road.

Nathan Wood joins Hibernian on loan from Middlesbrough Hibernian FC

Hibernian have signed defender Nathan Wood on loan from Middlesbrough on a season-long day.

The England youth international has made the deadline day move to Easter Road to add to head coach Jack Ross’ options.

Wood, who became Middlesbrough’s youngest ever player in 2018, has spent time on loan at Crewe and the left-sided centre-back will now vie for a place in the Hibernian back line.

“I’m buzzing to be here, it’s a big club, and I’m really excited to get going,” the 19-year-old said.

“I was speaking with the manager and from the first five or 10 minutes, I got a good feeling straight away about the plans, the squad, the facilities and the fans. My gut told me that this was the right move for me, and I wanted to get it done.

“It’s something out of my comfort zone, but that’s what excited me about it. I see it as a real challenge.”

“We’re delighted to bring a young player of Nathan’s quality in on loan,” said head coach Jack Ross.

“It’s been no secret that we wanted to strengthen our defensive area and he will certainly do that; he’s a really good player with a big future ahead of him.

“He will join up with the group after his international duty with England’s youth set up and we’re looking forward to working with him.”