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Hot-shot Rhodes in record Rovers deal

30 August 2012

Rovers complete record-breaking deal for Scottish international striker.

Blackburn Rovers have agreed a club record £8m deal with Huddersfield Town for the signing of much-coveted striker Jordan Rhodes.

The Scotland striker is joining Steve Kean’s promotion-chasing squad on a five-year deal.

Widely regarded as one of the brightest talents outside the top flight, Rhodes becomes our ninth signing of the summer.

The 22-year-old was the top scorer in England last season, with 36 league goals, and spearheaded Huddersfield’s promotion charge to the Championship.

The Rovers boss said: “Jordan is a top class striker and we are absolutely delighted to bring him in. His record is there for all to see and I believe he can play a major role in our drive for promotion back to the Premier League.”

Rovers’ managing director Derek Shaw, instrumental in the record-breaking transfer, said: “An awful lot of work has gone into this deal and we are all indebted to the owners for their magnificent support. From the very first day I walked in here, the owners have given superb backing for everything we are trying to do on and off the field. That is where the credit is really due.” 

Jordan, who has two caps for his country, started his career at Barnsley, before joining Ipswich Town in March 2005. He enjoyed successful loan spells with Oxford United, Rochdale and Brentford, where he became the youngest player to score a hat-trick in the club's history, before joining Huddersfield Town in July 2009.

He scored on his debut away to Southend before bagging a brace on his home bow against Stockport County. He ended the season as the Terriers' top scorer with 23 goals, which included a hat-trick of headers in a game against Exeter!

Jordan top scored again in 2010-11, with 22 goals, before really hitting the headlines thanks to a sensational season in front of goal last term.

He registered a phenomenal 40 goals in all competitions, which included three hat-tricks, all four goals in a 4-4 draw with Sheffield Wednesday and five in a 6-0 whitewash over Wycombe Wanderers. He helped Huddersfield secure promotion via the play-offs and was rewarded with the League One Player of the Year award.

The prolific marksman has continued his fine form into the current campaign, netting three goals in three games for club and country this season, including his first international strike in Scotland's 3-1 friendly win over Australia earlier this month.

Jordan had been called up to the senior squad having netted eight goals in eight games for Scotland’s Under-21s.

The Rovers new boy will go straight into the squad for Saturday’s trip to Leeds United.

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