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Huddersfield boss long term Rhodes fan

PUBLISHED: 10:00 01 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:16 06 July 2010

HUDDERSFIELD boss Lee Clark has admitted being a long term admirer of Jordan Rhodes and had tried to sign him before.

Rhodes has signed a four-year deal with the Galpharm Stadium outfit after the clubs agreed a fee that is officially undisclosed but understood to be an initial £250,000 which could double according to add-ons.

HUDDERSFIELD boss Lee Clark has admitted being a long term admirer of Jordan Rhodes and had tried to sign him before.

Rhodes has signed a four-year deal with the Galpharm Stadium outfit after the clubs agreed a fee that is officially undisclosed but understood to be an initial £250,000 which could double according to add-ons.

While a large wedge of Ipswich fans will be upset at seeing the 19-year-old leave for Huddersfield, Clark is delighted to have finally got his man.

The Terriers boss said: “It has been a long time coming. We saw him playing for Brentford last season and we were very impressed and we actually tried to get him then.

“When Jim Magilton was in charge we contacted Ipswich to try and get a loan deal done when the window was open, but he'd just picked up a metatarsal injury at the time and his season was over. We've just kept monitoring the situation since then and we're absolutely delighted to get him on board.

"His goal ratio in the games he has played and the minutes he has been on the pitch is very good, but it is his all round game that is very impressive. He has a very good touch and works extremely hard and works the line well. The main attribute is that more times than not he finds the net, which is the most important thing.

"I couldn't be more happy with the four striker I've got now.

“There is competition for places and over the course of the season the four of them will be used and it gives me great scope to have terrific fire power coming off from the bench as well.

“They all have different qualities and I believe that all four can score goal in this division."

Rhodes admits he was in no hurry to leave Portman Road but is relishing the new chapter in his career.

He said: “Although I'm naturally disappointed to be leaving the club at this exciting time I am looking forward to the opportunity of making my mark at Huddersfield.

“Ipswich Town will always hold special memories for me. I will certainly be keeping an eye out for the Ipswich results and wish the club and supporters the very best in the future."

Rhodes could be swiftly followed out of the door by midfielder Veliche Shumulikoski who is still in negotiations with Preston North End about a move there.

It is understood Reading have also come in for the Macedonian international with manager Brendan Rodgers previously trying to sign him for Watford.

The departures mean Keane continues to look at strengthening his squad. Town have been linked with Watford striker Tamas Priskin with the Hornets reported to have knocked back one offer from the Blues for the Hungarian international striker.

The Blues missed out on former Wigan, Wolves and West ham striker Henri Camara after he changed his mind about a move to Portman Road.

They have also suffered rejection by Sunderland striker Daryl Murphy and midfielder Dean Whitehead.


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