SKIPPER Peter Clarke is backing Jordan Rhodes to help Huddersfield Town beat Burnley tomorrow – and praying the Scotland striker is still in blue and white stripes come September 1.
Granite defender Clarke says his 22-year-old teammate is concentrating on giving 100% for Simon Grayson’s side and ignoring as much of the transfer-market maelstrom as he can.
After his late penalty equaliser against Nottingham Forest, Rhodes will again be the centre of attention as Town hunt three Championship points against Eddie Howe’s Burnley.
And Clarke said: “Jordan is well aware of what is going on but he’s a quiet lad, very grounded and a thoroughly nice guy.
“He is not allowing his head to be unduly turned and he knows there is a job in hand here.
“Jordan is just getting on with what’s required with regard to training and playing and giving the best he possibly can for this football club.”
The team leader does not expect Rhodes to seek a move before the transfer embargo at end of the month.
“Some individuals nowadays decide to kick up a fuss, make things difficult and ultimately manoeuvre their way out of a club,” said Clarke.
“But I don’t think Jordan is that sort of individual and, hopefully, between now and the end of the month nothing out of the ordinary will happen and Jordan will still be our player come September 1.”
On the clash with Burnley, Clarke added: “It’s our first Saturday game and I would expect a big turnout from our fans, which will be great.
“It will be a tough game and, with Eddie Howe having been managed by Sean O’Driscoll (the Nottingham Forest manager), I expect Burnley will get the ball down, pass it and be well drilled and well organised.”