JORDAN RHODES leads Huddersfield Town into Championship battle at Cardiff City tonight with boss Simon Grayson spelling out how keen he is to keep the Scotland star in blue and white stripes.
The 22-year-old has been the target of £2m-plus bids from divisional rivals Blackburn Rovers and the subject of speculation from Premier League Fulham – but Grayson says no-one is anywhere near the valuation of his chairman-owner Dean Hoyle.
Rhodes – with 40 Town goals last season – advertised his qualities yet again by scoring on his first full international start for the Scots in Wednesday’s 3-1 win against Australia, and Grayson has no doubt he’ll carry that form into the City of Cardiff Stadium tonight and beyond.
“It’s a huge credit to Jordan that he was given a start by Scotland and that he went in there and did what he is capable of – scoring a goal,” said Grayson.
“Even before he scored he had a couple of half opportunities which he made out of nothing and I’m delighted for him that he did so well.
“Jordan is low key and low maintenance and he won’t be going big headed or anything like that. He will come into work as normal and get on with his job.
“To get a goal at that level is a massive boost for him and a massive boost for us and it puts another couple of million on his price tag!”
In addition to Rhodes, Grayson had Sean Scannell, Joel Lynch, Oliver Norwood and Murray Wallace on international duty but they will all be back for what he describes as “a very tough match” against a Cardiff side who will be wearing their new red shirts for the first time at home.
Grayson – who has been linked with an interest in Reading and Wales striker Simon Church – says he is still aiming to make “one or two” signings before the transfer window closes at the end of this month – but he doesn’t envisage they will be on the back of cash from a Rhodes sale.