Hamilton have made their third signing of the January transfer window this afternoon as they announced that Sam Woods has joined on loan until the end of the season from Crystal Palace.
The lifelong Eagles fan played a key role in helping Palace win the Professional Development League title in 2018, before signing a new two-year contract that summer.
The following October, he was handed his first team debut against Middlesbrough in the Carabao Cup and then made his first start for the Selhurst Park side in the same competition in 2019 against Colchester United.
The 21-year-old played in Crystal Palace’s FA Cup match against Derby County just 17 days ago, which ironically I was at. He came on for the last 15 minutes as a replacement for left-back Jairo Riedewald and played well.
Hamilton have been scrambling for a centre-back since Sam Stubbs was surprisingly recalled by Middlesbrough earlier in the window, but it looks as if Brian Rice has got his man.
In a statement by the club, Woods said:” I’m happy to be here, everyone’s been very welcoming. I’m expecting the Scottish Premiership to be much more physical than down south but I won’t know until my first game.”
Both James McCarthy and James McArthur play for Crystal Palace and Sam Woods said that they convinced him to come to South Lanarkshire.
Talking about Brian Rice, Woods Said: “I had interest from League 1 & 2 in England but the gaffer was top class in how he sold the club to me. His vision and enthusiasm of this club is one of the main reasons I chose Hamilton.”
Sam will be unavailable for tonight’s game against Hibernian, but could make his debut against Livingston on Saturday.