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Kean hails Rhodes capture

31 August 2012

Rovers boss Steve Kean has paid tribute to the club’s owners for securing the record signing of Huddersfield hot-shot Jordan Rhodes.

The Scotland striker completed an £8m move to Ewood Park yesterday, becoming Kean’s ninth signing of a busy summer.

The manager said: “First and foremost, massive credit to the owners to produce a record fee. 

“When you think about the stature and some of the names that have played up top for our club, for that now to be broken is a fantastic investment and a massive commitment from the owners to get us back to the Premier League.

“So credit where credit is due. They have invested a huge amount of money into the squad and we’ve added massive quality."

The Rovers boss has been a long-term admirer of the 22-year-old, but admits his desire to bring Jordan to the club was heightened following the injury to fellow forward Leon Best.  

“We’ve always known of Jordan's qualities and he's always been on our list,” he added. “But then certain things get prioritised when you lose a player.

"First of all we had Leon Best and we knew he was going to be out for a few months. We wanted to replace like-for-like, so we went and got Colin Kazim-Richards.

“We were always chasing Jordan, but we didn't think it was going to be possible because it was a tough negotiation and we felt that Huddersfield might want to keep him, even until the next window.”

Widely regarded as one of the hottest prospects outside the Premier League, Jordan scored a staggering 40 goals in all competitions for Huddersfield last season – which resulted in Rovers’ record approach.

But the boss believes his new recruit will only get better and the £8m outlay will prove to be a shrewd investment.

"I always see it as a positive,” he added.

“At his age, with the amount of goals he scores, the type of goals he scores, if he progresses the way that I think he will then people could look back and see that we've done well.

"If he can get 20 goals, which I think he can, then the fee that we've paid for him will probably look very cheap and very good business.

"I've spoken to a lot of people about him and have seen him live on a number of occasions and I've seen him improve game-on-game.

"I spoke to a number of people at the Scottish FA, I spoke to Lee Clark, his former boss who worked with him at Huddersfield, and they tell me he is a good listener, he wants to learn, he's always looking to improve his game and that he is a good lad to have around the place.

"So I think he has all the attributes to be a top player.”

Will Rhodes make his Rovers debut against Leeds United tomorrow? Find out on Rovers Player who will be providing full uninterrupted commentary of the game from 2.45pm.

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