SIMON GRAYSON says speculation about Huddersfield Town’s prize asset Jordan Rhodes is inevitable – but that both he and the strike star remain “relaxed” about the situation.
The 23-year-old Scotland hot shot, who fired 40 goals as the Galpharm side won promotion to the Championship last season and has notched 85 in three campaigns since moving from Ipswich, has been linked with a string of Premier League clubs, including Reading, Fulham and West Ham.
But sources suggest no firm bid has been tabled in the seven weeks since Town went up at Wembley, and Grayson confirmed: “As far as Jordan is concerned, it’s business as usual.
“He returned for pre-season training last Thursday and got straight down to work, which is exactly what you’d expect of a no-nonsense person like him.
“When you score 40 goals in a season, there is sure to be speculation. There’s nothing any of us can do about that.
“But the great thing about Jordan is that he won’t let it go to his head. He showed last season he can handle all the talk and go about his job, and that will carry on.”
Rhodes, who will retain the No17 shirt next season, is contracted to Town until 2015 and Grayson continued: “Our stance hasn’t changed – it would take a very serious offer to tempt us to sell.
“The chairman and I have spoken to Jordan about where we want the club to go. He’s happy with the situation and so are we.”
Grayson could yet be without Rhodes, who also scored eight goals in eight games for Scotland Under 21s last term, for a spell of pre-season after he was placed on stand-by for the Olympics, with Team GB coach Stuart Pearce having until Wednesday, July 25 to call him up.
“If it happens, it happens, and we will congratulate Jordan and get on with things,” added Grayson.
“Playing in the Olympics is a fantastic thing, and to have a player involved would reflect very well on this football club, especially when you think we were playing in League I last season.
“Jordan is certainly good enough to hold his own in that kind of company.”