Winger Sam Wood has set his sights on his next century after playing his 300th Football League game this week.

The Wycombe Wanderers star, who has also played league football for Brentford and Rotherham, celebrated the landmark in the Chairboys' 2-0 win over Hartlepool United last Saturday.

It's an impressive achievement for a player who didn't make his pro debut until the age of 22, having done his apprenticeship on the non league circuit with Cray Wanderers and Bromley.

Wood said: “I never thought I'd reach 300, but hopefully I'll get another 100 under my belt if I stay fit and work hard. I got told about it and knew it was coming up, and it feels like a fantastic achievement, especially coming late into the game.

Big break: Wood, pictured with current Wycombe team-mate Marcus Bean, made his league bow for Brentford

“When I first started out it didn't cross my mind to be fair. I didn't think I would make it as I did a trial with Dagenham when I was 18 and it didn't work out, so I ended up signing for Bromley and thought I'd end up on the non league circuit.”

In fact, Wood was working part time in a clothes shop in Bluewater when handed his chance by Brentford, and had to ask for time off work to chase his dream. It was a opportunity which came about, in fact, due to the smallest of coincidences.

He said: “My agent, Bobby Bowry, who was also player-coach at Bromley, was friends with the Brentford manager Andy Scott, and their kids went to the same school. I was just about to sign for Grays in the Conference, but Bobby sorted me a trial, and after a few weeks they wanted to sign me.

Agent: Bobby Bowry got Wood his first trial

“I played a behind closed doors game, they liked what they saw asked me to go back for a second week of training, but I had to go back to work as I had no money. Fortunately, the manager at the shop gave me another week off, and I grabbed the chance with both hands.

“I ended up making my debut on my 22nd birthday at Bury, and that first season couldn't have gone any better as Brentford went up as champions and I won a few end of season awards.”

Let go after four year at Brentford, Wood was signed by former Wycombe boss Gary Waddock, but a dream start, with a goal on his league debut at York, turned sour with an injury in his second game and two months on the sidelines.

Short but sweet: Gary Waddock signed Wood for Wycombe, but he ended up playing just three games under him due to injury

By the time he returned, the man who had signed him had been sacked, but fortunately the man who replaced Waddock, Gareth Ainsworth, liked Wood enough to make him a mainstay of his Wycombe side for the next four years.

He added: “There's been lots of ups and downs, with the near-relegation and staying up, then going to Wembley. It's been enjoyable, although there's only me and Blooms left from when I came in. There's still a great spirit here tough, just like we had when Brentford went up.

“I will never forget making my league debut on my birthday, scoring my first pro goal at Exeter, scoring in my first league game for Wycombe and on my 100th appearance for them too. Scoring on the day we stayed up at Torquay was special as well.”