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Leeds star Wood outlines Premier League ambition

EXCLUSIVE: Leeds United star Chris Wood was once picked ahead of Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane at Leicester, now he's doing his best to join them again in the top flight.

In-form Leeds United star Chris Wood plans to play out his entire career in England as he continues to spearhead his revitalised team's promotion push.

The 25 year-old New Zealand striker is second on the Championship scoring charts with 19 goals, eight of those coming since the turn of the year.

He has two years left on his Elland Road deal, but such is his affection for the birthplace of his mother that he says he won't leave England, even after he retires.

Any A-League clubs looking to snap up the $27 million-rated goal machine later in his career can forget about it.

Wood, once picked ahead of Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy during his spell with Leicester City, has blossomed at Leeds as Gary Monk's team charges towards a promotion play-off position.

Though Wood was a part of the Leicester side which won promotion back to the Premier League, he acknowledges he's enjoying the most potent period of his career in Yorkshire.

"I am enjoying my life here, my family are here and this is where I see myself spending the rest of my life, as well as my entire career," replied Wood, when asked if he might ever bring his goal0scoring talents to the A-League.

"I love playing over here and I feel I am still learning.

"I'd like to think I will continue to improve all the way up to the end if my career. You are never the finished article."

With Leeds in fifth spot going into Sunday's (AEDT) trip to Ipswich, Wood believes the Monk factor has galvanised the team.

"He's a great manager, and the best we could have hoped for at the start of the season.

"He has come in and done a fantastic job and has the team working well and our tactics just right.

"We are on the up and he's improving us every week.

"The belief is there and that comes from the hard work which we've put the whole season."

Wood, who is aiming for a second World Cup appearance with New Zealand, began his English odyssey aged 17 with West Bromwich Albion and had string of spells before a $3.5 million move to Leicester and then to Leeds in 2015 for $5 million.

He has set no targets for his goal tally and is reluctant to be drawn on Leeds's promotion prospects.

"It's a week to week thing because the next one is always the hardest one," he said.

Being seen as a talisman has brought out the best in him, with Wood declaring: "the belief that the gaffer and my teammates have shown in me has given me a lot of confidence.

"They have backed me in every situation, even when things haven't been going great. That's what brings you along as a player.

"I think I have paid my dues over the years and my game has kept progressing and adapting.

"I am hoping there is still a lot more to achieve in my career.

"I had a little taster in the Premier League without ever starting a game.

"I am hoping  to get back there and become a regular at that level with Leeds."