Rovers boss Gary Bowyer has spoken of his delight at fending off any deadline day interest in star striker Jordan Rhodes – and has praised the club’s owners for maintaining a steadfast stance.
The manager admits receiving ‘tentative enquires’ for the Scotland international, who scored 28 Rovers goals last season after making a club record move to Ewood Park from Huddersfield 12 months ago.
“There was obviously a lot of speculation about Jordan and I’ve been saying ever since I got offered the job that he wasn’t going anywhere and that’s proved to be the case,” said Bowyer.
“First and foremost, we have to thank our owners for that, because they’ve stated all along that he wasn’t for sale.
“Obviously there’s the Financial Fair Play this season, but they’ve not chosen the easy option, which would have been to cash in on Jordan. They’ve been true to their word and deserve full credit for that.”
Rhodes has netted four times in Rovers’ last two outings – comprehensive home wins over Barnsley and Bolton – and Bowyer insists keeping hold of the 23-year-old is pivotal as the club look to push for promotion.
“It gives everyone a huge lift,” he added.
“He’s coming into form now and the manner of his four goals have been top drawer and it’s something we need if we want to reach where we’re trying to get to.”
The manager also rubbished reports that Rhodes was looking to leave.
“People just can’t seem to accept that what we actually say we mean,” he said.
“I think some people were just being a little bit mischievous on that one, but at the same time he didn’t look that unhappy when the second goal went in on Saturday did he?
“We speak with Jordan regularly and he’s even come out in the local press that he’s happy here. That’s always been the case and we look forward to him being very happy in a couple of weeks!
“All along we’ve said that he’s an unbelievable finisher, but when you look at the work rate he puts in and at times he’s up there on his own, he doesn’t moan, he just gets on with it and he sets the tone for the whole team.”
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