KIERAN O’REGAN says it’s a ‘win win’ situation if Jordan Rhodes stays with Huddersfield Town.
The respected former player and pundit believes the 22-year-old Scotland international should be in no rush to leave the Championship club.
With the August transfer window due to close on Friday night, Town say that while they have no desire to stand in the star striker’s way, no-one has come near their valuation of the talented 40-goal frontman.
The odds are that Rhodes will lead manager Simon Grayson’s attack against his old club Ipswich at Portman Road on Saturday, and O’Regan has no doubt that would be best for the player and the John Smith’s Stadium club.
“Jordan is a quality player, everyone knows that, and it’s clear from everything that’s been said that it would take a very special offer for Town to accept,” said O’Regan, who played 199 times for Town and watches them regularly as a summariser for BBC Radio Leeds.
“With Dean Hoyle in charge we don’t have to be a selling club and I sincerely hope the lad stays here – because that would be best for Jordan as well as for Town.
“If Jordan stays and scores 20 goals for Town in the Championship then that only enhances his reputation.
“He has had a fantastic time with Town and continues to do well, but he is only young and is still learning the game.
“He’s at a club where the supporters love him, the management clearly rate him very highly and he’s got everything in front of him.”
Former Republic of Ireland international O’Regan, who had five years at Town, added: “It’s a ‘win win’ situation if he stays.
“The club obviously benefit from his presence and his goals and I think it would be better for the boy himself, because he has got time on his side to develop and grow and become an even better player.
“It’s wonderful for him that he’s just broken into the Scotland side and scored on his full debut, and the way he gets that half a yard on his marker in the penalty box, time after time, is just incredible. Opposition managers will be telling their defenders all about him, but Jordan just has that happy knack of getting in the right place at the right time.
“If he gets 20 goals this season then I don’t think Jordan will be staying much with us after that, but I’ve been saying to everyone all summer that I don’t think he’ll go this week and I just hope that proves to be the case.”