Newcastle’s Chris Wooden admits he by no means imagined £25m launch charge being paid – The Guardian

Final modified on Thu 13 Jan 2022 18.04 EST
Chris Wooden has readily admitted he by no means envisaged a membership triggering the £25m launch clause in his contract at Burnley however, as soon as Newcastle United activated it, he felt powerless to say no to the Saudi Arabian-controlled membership.
“I knew the clause was sitting there however I don’t assume anybody ever thought it might ever be triggered,” mentioned the New Zealand striker, hours after turning into the most costly 30-year-old signing in Premier League historical past. “However that’s the best way soccer might be typically … You by no means know, in six months’ time you would possibly look again and say: ‘That was an incredible deal.’”

Burnley, and their supervisor Sean Dyche, most undoubtedly didn’t need to promote Wooden to a key Premier League relegation rival and, judging by the present temper at Turf Moor, he could not obtain the warmest of welcomes when Newcastle go to on the ultimate day of the season.
“For me, there’s no unhealthy blood,” Wooden mentioned. “It wasn’t a straightforward choice and, to be trustworthy, I want I’d left when Burnley had been additional up the league however that’s simply how soccer is typically. I spent 4 and a half years nice years at Burnley. Each single 12 months I actually loved myself there. My teammates, the employees and the membership as a complete had been unbelievable.
“I’ve nothing however nice reminiscences of Burnley however it was a case that this was an enormous alternative at an enormous membership and one thing I couldn’t flip down. It’s an incredible alternative for me.”
Burnley and Newcastle are stage on 11 factors in 18th and nineteenth place respectively however Dyche’s workforce maintain two video games in hand.
“I’m solely desirous about one factor and and that’s combating laborious to remain on this league with Newcastle,” mentioned Wooden after signing a two-and-a-half 12 months deal. “I believe we’ve received greater than sufficient high quality however we have to begin displaying that on the pitch and getting [positive] outcomes sooner relatively than later.
“I’m below no illusions Newcastle goes to be an enormous problem for me however I do know it may be probably nice for the membership and for me. I’m a agency believer that you need to get out of your consolation zone to attain greatness – or some form of nice footballing expertise.”
Wooden turns into Eddie Howe’s second signing behind Kieran Trippier, and the Newcastle supervisor is now hoping Sevilla settle for his board’s renewed bid for his or her Brazilian central defender Diego Carlos.
Newcastle are planning to fly to Saudi Arabia for a warm-weather coaching camp after their sport at Leeds 22 January as a result of they’ve a break till their subsequent sport at dwelling to Everton on 8 February.