TON-UP Jordan Rhodes says Hull City’s big-money bid to sign him before the summer transfer window slammed shut was never going to stop him from doing what he does best – scoring goals for Blackburn Rovers.

When asked about whether the transfer talk affected his performances Rhodes, who penned a new five-year contract before the Tigers made their move, said: “No absolutely not.”

The prolific striker, who will make his 100th league appearance for Rovers in tomorrow’s clash with his former club Huddersfield Town, was the subject of a club record offer from Hull in the final week of the window.

After three days of negotiations between the clubs Rovers owners Venky’s made it clear they had no intention of selling Rhodes to the Premier League outfit.

And the 24-year-old has responded by netting four goals in his last seven matches to take his league tally for the club up to an impressive 56.

Rhodes said: “To go out and play on a fantastic football pitch, with good lads, with a good team, and for a great club like Blackburn Rovers, there’s no better job in the world than being a footballer and I’m very lucky.

“I signed a new contract in the summer that keeps me here for a little longer as well, I was very happy to do so, and I am very happy to be a Blackburn Rovers player.”

Rhodes may have reiterated his happiness at Rovers but he is experienced enough to understand that there will always be speculation over his future if he continues to prove why he is regarded as the best goalscorer outside of the top flight.

“You’ve just got to knuckle down and get on with things, there’s no point paying attention to anything that goes off in the press or in the media,” said Rhodes.

“The first couple of times – I think I was at Huddersfield – and your name gets mentioned in the paper and you might pay a little bit of attention to it.

“But now when it goes off, you just get on with it. It really is water off a duck’s back.”

Rhodes’ sole focus now is on helping Rovers, who went down to a midweek defeat at Rotherham United, sign off before the international break by returning to winning ways tomorrow.

“It was a poor defeat and a poor display on Tuesday so it’s good that Huddersfield is coming around quickly so that we can put it right,” said Rhodes, who has netted five goals in four appearances against the Terriers since his club record £8m move to Rovers in August 2012.

“It’s the last game for a couple of weeks so we know come Saturday, we can come right out of the blocks, give it our all, and leave ourselves out there on the pitch.

“Hopefully with that mentality we’ll come away with three points.”

Rhodes strike-partner Rudy Gestede has been called up to the Benin squad for their friendly in Tanzania on Saturday week.

But with Gestede unlikely to be risked against Huddersfield because of a hamstring strain, it remains to be seen whether he will join up with his international team-mates.

Rovers should be able to call on Tom Cairney tomorrow after the midfielder missed out against Rotherham with a knock.

But the injured Alex Baptiste, Paul Robinson, Jason Lowe and Chris Brown and the suspended Corry Evans are out.

David Dunn and Tommy Spurr are back in training.

Spurr, however, is short of match fitness and will not feature.

Rovers boss Gary Bowyer, meanwhile, has denied reports that he is interested in signing Hull midfielder Stephen Quinn on loan.

Bowyer said: “It won’t be happening.”