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Rhodes say he owes Huddersfield "everything"

JORDAN Rhodes believes he owes Huddersfield Town “everything” but insists he had to take his Blackburn Rovers opportunity to further his game.

Rovers’ £8million man returns to the John Smith’s Stadium this evening for the first time since sealing his big-money move to Ewood Park earlier this season and is determined to treat it as ‘just another game’.

The 22-year-old scored 73 goals in just 126 league appearances for the Terriers after joining from Ipswich and admits he will try not to celebrate if he scores against his former pals – as long as he doesn’t get carried away in the moment.

He said: “I owe Huddersfield every-thing. I think that is quite right in saying although I have a lot of thanks and gratitude towards Ipswich for my foundation in foot-ball.

"I only left at a young age and the Huddersfield chairman Dean Hoyle was fantastic, I owe him a great deal, and Lee Clark and Simon Grayson for the help they gave me over the three years.

“I had many a good time there and it was a great way to round it off by getting promoted last year.

“I think as a man it was time to leave to better myself. I learned things at Huddersfield that I would never have got if I had stayed at Ipswich and I feel as if I will learn things at Blackburn that I would not get at either of the first two clubs.

"I think it is a matter of developing as a player. I still have age on my side and it is a matter of improving and learning for years to come “I would like to think I wouldn’t celebrate. I would like to pay my due respects to the club and the people that have been faithful to me for those three years. I will try and go in with that mentality.

“However if it is a last minute winner I might get carried away. I don’t think any goal celebration is to disrespect the oppo-sition. It is to celebrate the team’s achievements.”

Rhodes is unsure what the reaction will be towards him from his former adoring public but he insists he will understand if there is some “banter” flying his way this evening.

He also insists he won’t allow himself to get worked up by the occasion as he looks forward to seeing some of his old friends.

“People have just wished me the best and thanked me for what I had done,” he said. “I think people knew I had to leave in the end just to further myself.

“There were two or three real heart felt letters sent to me, that was really special. I will write back to them once my house is all sorted.

“If selected I will try and give it my best shot and remain calm and composed. It is like any other game.

“I understand if there is a bit of banter towards me, that is under-standable.

“It will be different going back there, but it was inevitable, it was a fixture that was always going to happen when I moved to Blackburn Rovers. It is a fixture I won’t treat any differently.”

And Rhodes admits he will be coming up against a couple of close friends when he takes to the field tonight.

He added: “Lee Novak and Alan Lee, who play for Huddersfield, are really good friends. I know Alan and his wife Catherine really well and we go out for meals on Saturday nights, even still.

“Lee and his girlfriend Danielle, we have been out to them many times so I know them both well on and off the field. I think both already want my shirt.”

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2:09pm Tue 6 Nov 12

merlinrabbit says...

Hope the home fans arent laughing at the end of the game singin "what a waste of money"
Hope the home fans arent laughing at the end of the game singin "what a waste of money" merlinrabbit
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2:42pm Tue 6 Nov 12

benal13 says...

merlinrabbit wrote:
Hope the home fans arent laughing at the end of the game singin "what a waste of money"
if he dosent get the service he needs then they might !!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]merlinrabbit[/bold] wrote: Hope the home fans arent laughing at the end of the game singin "what a waste of money"[/p][/quote]if he dosent get the service he needs then they might !!!!!! benal13
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2:52pm Tue 6 Nov 12

Dukes says...

good luck to him for tonight.
good luck to him for tonight. Dukes
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2:52pm Tue 6 Nov 12

Nuttall Street says...

What a tragedy; an earnest, hard working, up and coming, young footballer going to a team owned by Venkys and administered by Shabby to improve himself!
What a tragedy; an earnest, hard working, up and coming, young footballer going to a team owned by Venkys and administered by Shabby to improve himself! Nuttall Street
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4:00pm Tue 6 Nov 12

andyproc says...

The posts on here crack me up...some people will never be happy. They wanted Allardyce out they got it. They wanted new owners they got it, they wanted Kean out they got it, they wanted money spending on transfers they got it and they still want them to fail. FFS these people could have a forward line of Messi & Ronaldo, Joe Hart in goal and an assortment of all the best the world could offer with a management team of Sir Alex and The Special one and would they be happy???? They could give season tickets away and they would still whinge and whine. These people should get a grip and realise that things could be a lot worse (we could be Portsmouth or for those with longer memories Cambridge who in 1992 were in the Play offs for the Premiership) Lets draw a line under the SK affair Venkys are trying to learn from their mistakes and back the manager, lets give them a chance and unify behind Henning Berf
The posts on here crack me up...some people will never be happy. They wanted Allardyce out they got it. They wanted new owners they got it, they wanted Kean out they got it, they wanted money spending on transfers they got it and they still want them to fail. FFS these people could have a forward line of Messi & Ronaldo, Joe Hart in goal and an assortment of all the best the world could offer with a management team of Sir Alex and The Special one and would they be happy???? They could give season tickets away and they would still whinge and whine. These people should get a grip and realise that things could be a lot worse (we could be Portsmouth or for those with longer memories Cambridge who in 1992 were in the Play offs for the Premiership) Lets draw a line under the SK affair Venkys are trying to learn from their mistakes and back the manager, lets give them a chance and unify behind Henning Berf andyproc
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4:11pm Tue 6 Nov 12

Is Eckersley playing? says...

andyproc wrote:
The posts on here crack me up...some people will never be happy. They wanted Allardyce out they got it. They wanted new owners they got it, they wanted Kean out they got it, they wanted money spending on transfers they got it and they still want them to fail. FFS these people could have a forward line of Messi & Ronaldo, Joe Hart in goal and an assortment of all the best the world could offer with a management team of Sir Alex and The Special one and would they be happy???? They could give season tickets away and they would still whinge and whine. These people should get a grip and realise that things could be a lot worse (we could be Portsmouth or for those with longer memories Cambridge who in 1992 were in the Play offs for the Premiership) Lets draw a line under the SK affair Venkys are trying to learn from their mistakes and back the manager, lets give them a chance and unify behind Henning Berf
Whilst I appreciate your sentiments and back Henning
to the hilt,yes, we could be where Portsmouth are. Equally, we could be where West Ham are but for the Venkys. I will never, ever forgive them for stealing my football pleasure..... ever.!
[quote][p][bold]andyproc[/bold] wrote: The posts on here crack me up...some people will never be happy. They wanted Allardyce out they got it. They wanted new owners they got it, they wanted Kean out they got it, they wanted money spending on transfers they got it and they still want them to fail. FFS these people could have a forward line of Messi & Ronaldo, Joe Hart in goal and an assortment of all the best the world could offer with a management team of Sir Alex and The Special one and would they be happy???? They could give season tickets away and they would still whinge and whine. These people should get a grip and realise that things could be a lot worse (we could be Portsmouth or for those with longer memories Cambridge who in 1992 were in the Play offs for the Premiership) Lets draw a line under the SK affair Venkys are trying to learn from their mistakes and back the manager, lets give them a chance and unify behind Henning Berf[/p][/quote]Whilst I appreciate your sentiments and back Henning to the hilt,yes, we could be where Portsmouth are. Equally, we could be where West Ham are but for the Venkys. I will never, ever forgive them for stealing my football pleasure..... ever.! Is Eckersley playing?
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4:18pm Tue 6 Nov 12

makaveli96 says...

Im a bit confused:

Kevin Pieterson - South African who plays for England yet goes out with South African players? - got a ban for talking to the enemy

Rhodes- English who plays for Scotland, plays for Blackburn (Lancashire), yet goes out with Huddersfield folk (Yorkshire)?

Jordan - when you score tonight make sure you celebrate! Your playing for the ex-champions of 95 now, and the fans and Uncle Shebby love you!
Im a bit confused: Kevin Pieterson - South African who plays for England yet goes out with South African players? - got a ban for talking to the enemy Rhodes- English who plays for Scotland, plays for Blackburn (Lancashire), yet goes out with Huddersfield folk (Yorkshire)? Jordan - when you score tonight make sure you celebrate! Your playing for the ex-champions of 95 now, and the fans and Uncle Shebby love you! makaveli96
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4:19pm Tue 6 Nov 12

benal13 says...

andyproc wrote:
The posts on here crack me up...some people will never be happy. They wanted Allardyce out they got it. They wanted new owners they got it, they wanted Kean out they got it, they wanted money spending on transfers they got it and they still want them to fail. FFS these people could have a forward line of Messi & Ronaldo, Joe Hart in goal and an assortment of all the best the world could offer with a management team of Sir Alex and The Special one and would they be happy???? They could give season tickets away and they would still whinge and whine. These people should get a grip and realise that things could be a lot worse (we could be Portsmouth or for those with longer memories Cambridge who in 1992 were in the Play offs for the Premiership) Lets draw a line under the SK affair Venkys are trying to learn from their mistakes and back the manager, lets give them a chance and unify behind Henning Berf
every one has an opinion its only football for gods sake dont take it personel just because people dont agree WITH YOU!!!
[quote][p][bold]andyproc[/bold] wrote: The posts on here crack me up...some people will never be happy. They wanted Allardyce out they got it. They wanted new owners they got it, they wanted Kean out they got it, they wanted money spending on transfers they got it and they still want them to fail. FFS these people could have a forward line of Messi & Ronaldo, Joe Hart in goal and an assortment of all the best the world could offer with a management team of Sir Alex and The Special one and would they be happy???? They could give season tickets away and they would still whinge and whine. These people should get a grip and realise that things could be a lot worse (we could be Portsmouth or for those with longer memories Cambridge who in 1992 were in the Play offs for the Premiership) Lets draw a line under the SK affair Venkys are trying to learn from their mistakes and back the manager, lets give them a chance and unify behind Henning Berf[/p][/quote]every one has an opinion its only football for gods sake dont take it personel just because people dont agree WITH YOU!!! benal13
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4:44pm Tue 6 Nov 12

Mike Oxsore says...

"it was time to leave to better myself"........by going to Blackburn ?? A club with more problems than any other in the country, with clueless owners and the most fickle "supporters" I've ever seen?

I think what Jordan meant was it was time to leave because I can earn a sh1t load more at Blackburn. Loyalty doesn't exsist in football, money talks eh Jordan?
"it was time to leave to better myself"........by going to Blackburn ?? A club with more problems than any other in the country, with clueless owners and the most fickle "supporters" I've ever seen? I think what Jordan meant was it was time to leave because I can earn a sh1t load more at Blackburn. Loyalty doesn't exsist in football, money talks eh Jordan? Mike Oxsore
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6:15pm Tue 6 Nov 12

kiwipom73 says...

I sure agree that there is little "loyalty" in the game ....and that is from the Managers through to players up these days.
It is about
1) money
2) money
3) fringe benifits
Great examples would be
a) Conman Kean
b) Murphy/Dunn grabbing a two/three years contracts when not able or willing to give 100% in return
c) Agents
I sure agree that there is little "loyalty" in the game ....and that is from the Managers through to players up these days. It is about 1) money 2) money 3) fringe benifits Great examples would be a) Conman Kean b) Murphy/Dunn grabbing a two/three years contracts when not able or willing to give 100% in return c) Agents kiwipom73
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6:51pm Tue 6 Nov 12

bluerob says...

Refreshing to hear a young player speaking with some honesty/
Refreshing to hear a young player speaking with some honesty/ bluerob
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7:42pm Tue 6 Nov 12

Stone Island: says...

andyproc wrote:
The posts on here crack me up...some people will never be happy. They wanted Allardyce out they got it. They wanted new owners they got it, they wanted Kean out they got it, they wanted money spending on transfers they got it and they still want them to fail. FFS these people could have a forward line of Messi & Ronaldo, Joe Hart in goal and an assortment of all the best the world could offer with a management team of Sir Alex and The Special one and would they be happy???? They could give season tickets away and they would still whinge and whine. These people should get a grip and realise that things could be a lot worse (we could be Portsmouth or for those with longer memories Cambridge who in 1992 were in the Play offs for the Premiership) Lets draw a line under the SK affair Venkys are trying to learn from their mistakes and back the manager, lets give them a chance and unify behind Henning Berf
Not many people wanted Allardyce out, when he saved us from probable relegation after the Paul Ince reign. A few simpletons wanted him out after Venky's took over and PROMISED the Earth. Those simpletons swallowed everything that those jokers in India promised, and really believed that we were heading for the Champions League. Instead they were full of sh*t, and took us to the Championship!

And whilst i'm at it, Berg is NOT the manager to take us back to where we were, when the IDIOTS in India took us over! As for Shabby Minge? Well, don't even get me started on that TOOL! And as your comment about 'we could be Portsmouth', I think that could be a lot closer to reality, than you think.
[quote][p][bold]andyproc[/bold] wrote: The posts on here crack me up...some people will never be happy. They wanted Allardyce out they got it. They wanted new owners they got it, they wanted Kean out they got it, they wanted money spending on transfers they got it and they still want them to fail. FFS these people could have a forward line of Messi & Ronaldo, Joe Hart in goal and an assortment of all the best the world could offer with a management team of Sir Alex and The Special one and would they be happy???? They could give season tickets away and they would still whinge and whine. These people should get a grip and realise that things could be a lot worse (we could be Portsmouth or for those with longer memories Cambridge who in 1992 were in the Play offs for the Premiership) Lets draw a line under the SK affair Venkys are trying to learn from their mistakes and back the manager, lets give them a chance and unify behind Henning Berf[/p][/quote]Not many people wanted Allardyce out, when he saved us from probable relegation after the Paul Ince reign. A few simpletons wanted him out after Venky's took over and PROMISED the Earth. Those simpletons swallowed everything that those jokers in India promised, and really believed that we were heading for the Champions League. Instead they were full of sh*t, and took us to the Championship! And whilst i'm at it, Berg is NOT the manager to take us back to where we were, when the IDIOTS in India took us over! As for Shabby Minge? Well, don't even get me started on that TOOL! And as your comment about 'we could be Portsmouth', I think that could be a lot closer to reality, than you think. Stone Island:
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