Jordan Rhodes says he left Huddersfield Town for Blackburn Rovers with a heavy heart
JORDAN RHODES confessed to leaving Huddersfield Town with a heavy heart.
The 22-year-old Scot has been with the club since his teen years and will be fondly remembered by colleagues and supporters alike.
The £8m export to Blackburn Rovers became the biggest scoring sensation at the club since Marcus Stewart and Town legend Andy Booth and while he felt a change was right, he’ll always have a soft spot for the place where he shot to international stardom.
“Huddersfield is fantastic club,” he told his first press conference at Blackburn’s Brockhall training ground yesterday.
“ I have made a lot of friends there and the memories will last a lifetime. I leave with a heavy heart.”
While the fee for Rhodes matches that paid by Rovers for Andy Cole as a record for the club, he insisted he was feeling no pressure ahead of their trip to Leeds United.
Rhodes cut a relaxed figure as he posed for pictures alongside Rovers boss Steve Kean and was adamant the huge transfer fee just makes him feel wanted, rather than under real pressure to repeat past prolifics with Town.
He said: “Andy Cole was a tremendous player. I had a couple of sessions under him at Huddersfield under Lee Clark. He put on a couple of finishing sessions and it was good to take a few tips from him.
“I am just looking forward to getting started, to getting settled, used to the area and getting to know the lads. I am looking forward to it.
“I have not really thought about it (the price tag). It hasn’t had a chance to settle in and probably won’t for another six months to a year. I am just going to try to do everything on instinct and go with the flow.
“I just want to try and improve my game and do everything without thinking about things too much. It is a big price tag but it is a fantastic feeling for someone to come out and pay that type of money for you. It shows they want you so much and it is a really good feeling.”
Rhodes – whose transfer nets his previous club, Ipswich, a £700,000 bonus – insists he is looking forward to the new challenge.