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Jordan determined to make an impression

PUBLISHED: 13:45 28 July 2009 | UPDATED: 11:07 06 July 2010

JORDAN Rhodes is confident he can cut it in the Championship right now.

No one was happier that Roy Keane rejected an offer from an unnamed club for him than the 19-year-old striker who is determined to make his mark at Portman Road this season - and dreams of scoring in front of the North Stand on a regular basis.

JORDAN Rhodes is confident he can cut it in the Championship right now.

No one was happier that Roy Keane rejected an offer from an unnamed club for him than the 19-year-old striker who is determined to make his mark at Portman Road this season - and dreams of scoring in front of the North Stand on a regular basis.

After loan spells at Oxford, Rochdale and Brentford, Rhodes has enough belief in his ability to handle the bigger stage right now.

Rhodes said: “I don't see why not. I have to reach for the stars. I signed up for Ipswich Town and they play in the Championship week in week out so I have to rise up to that level.

“If I don't rise to that level then that is the manager's decision.”

Although he made his first team debut for Ipswich Town at his home town of Barnsley in March 2008, and then scored his first Championship goal at Portman Road in the 1-1 draw against Cardiff City the following month, Rhodes made just two fleeting appearances for Town last season and was sent out to League Two to continue his development.

After a productive spell at Brentford was broken by injury Rhodes spent weeks recovering from a broken metatarsal and has returned in pre-season scoring at Brentford and then at home against Colchester United on Saturday.

He is hoping those cameo roles can go a long way towards him achieving his immediate goal.

Rhodes said: “Getting on for the last 20 minutes and scoring a goal is what I have to do. It is the up to the manager to decide but for now I'm happy to come on and score in front of the North Stand.

“If I can do that when the season starts then there will be no better feeling. I want to play for this football club. I want to play for Ipswich Town and score in front of the North Stand that is my dream.

“I will take it a step at a time but that is what I want.”

Rhodes had been on the pitch barely a minute before he sprinted onto a through ball and beat U's keeper Ben Williams and seal the 2-0 victory.

He said: “It all happened so quickly. The ball was there and I managed to hit the back of the net and I was pleased with that.

“Games like these give me the opportunity to show the manager, the fans everyone really, what I can do.

“It was fortunate that a minute after going on the chance fell to me but that is all I can do - make sure I'm the one in the right position and getting the chances.”

Rhodes also scored in the win at Brentford, where he helped them win the League Two title and has a championship-winning medal to show for his contribution.

He said: “It was good to see everyone there as I have fond memories but it was also nice to score against my ex team-mates.”

Rhodes is likely to be involved tonight as Ipswich take on League One side Charlton in a friendly at the Valley and has another chance to impress the home fans when Real Valladolid are the opposition on Friday.

After needing to rebuild the muscle in his left leg, and developing his upper body, following injury Rhodes is happy with the way the summer preparations are going.

He added: “The pre-season has been going very well. We have had two 2-0s in a row and if we keep that building on that we will be fine.

“Another 2-0 at Coventry when the season starts would be a magnificent result.”

Lee Martin and Liam Trotter will be further assessed on their hamstring injuries today, while Alan Quinn, Kevin Lisbie and Shane Supple, are all expected to return after groin problems either for tonight's match or for the game at Chelmsford tomorrow night.

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