Wood was quickly signed as Jason Gallian's replacement following the departure of the former captain at the end of the 2007 season.

He signed a three-year deal looking to ignite his career after a year on the sidelines at Taunton where the return of Marcus Trescothick from England duty meant the talented right-hander only played two first-class games all year and opted to move after spending his entire career in the south-west.

Wood scored 4,375 first-class runs from 76 games at Somerset at an average of 34.72 with nine hundreds, including an impressive 113 against Notts at Trent Bridge in 2004.

His career-best of 297 came in a marathon nine-hour innings against Yorkshire at Taunton and helped him to 1,000 runs in 2005, when he also helped the Cidermen lift the Twenty20 Cup.

He still helps out his home county Devon as a senior coach and was studying for the ECB's Level 4 coaching badge - the highest accreditation possible in the game.

Wood scored four fifties, including a 98, in his first season at Trent Bridge in 2008 but struggled to hold down a regular LV= County Championship spot in 2009 when he excelled as a hard-hitting opener in limited overs cricket. He left the club in 2010.