CALUM WOODS isn’t the only Huddersfield Town player who will feel at home in Dunfermline.
For while the newly-signed right-back spent five seasons with the Pars, striker Jordan Rhodes went to school in the Fife town.
That was because dad Andy was playing in goal for Dunfermline, St Johnstone and Airdrie at the time.
And while Jordan was born in Oldham, his education North of the border allowed him to make a breakthrough into the Scotland Under 21 side last season.
“People ask how can a Scotsman have the broadest Yorkshire accent they’ve ever known,” said Town’s 21-year-old top scorer for the last two seasons.
“But I tell them I’m Scottish through and through.”
Rhodes played for the Under 21s in the 1-0 defeat in Belgium in March, having been called up the previous November only to withdraw in order to play for Town in the FA Cup first-round replay win over Cambridge.
Liverpudlian Woods was a key man in the Dunfermline side who stormed to the Scottish First Division title last season, ending a four-year absence from the top flight.
The Pars were unbeaten in their last 12 games, and striker Liam Buchanan said: “We go up full of confidence off the back of a really good season.”
While losing Woods, boss Jim McIntyre, the former Reading player whose predecessors in the East End Park hot seat include Jock Stein, has made seven additions.
Goalkeeper Paul Gallacher (ex St Mirren), defenders John Potter (also St Mirren), Kevin Rutkiewicz (St Johnstone), Paddy Boyle (Partick Thistle) and Jason Thomson (on loan from Hearts), midfielder Paul Burns (Queen of the South) and striker Andy Barrowman (Ross County) could all prove valuable acquisitions.
The loan capture of experienced Rutkiewicz from St Johnstone for the second half of last season, together with the arrival of midfielder Martin Hardie from the Perth club helped push the Fifers over the winning line.