JORDAN RHODES was hailed by his fellow Scotland international Gary Naysmith after becoming only the eighth player in Town’s history to hit 30 goals in a season.
The 22-year-old scoring sensation joined Sam Taylor, George Brown, Dave Mangnall, Jimmy Glazzard, Craig Maskell, Iwan Roberts and Andy Booth, the last player to do it in 1994-95, in the club’s hall of fame when he notched the second goal in Saturday’s 2-0 home win over Exeter.
It sealed success in Simon Grayson’s first match as Town manager and provided a perfect send-off for Rhodes, who is confident of overcoming a dead leg to feature for Scotland Under 21s in their big Euro qualifier against Holland in Paisley on Wednesday, a date which will keep him out of Town’s big League I game at Stevenage tomorrow.
Naysmith, who skippered the side in the absence of injured Peter Clarke and deputy captain Antony Kay, who was on the bench, said: “Jordan’s a special player and a top bloke.
“He had a quiet match by his standards, but then bang – it was in the back of the net.
“If it wasn’t such an important game for the Under 21s, I’m sure he’d be with the senior Scotland squad out in Slovenia.”