Blackburn star Rhodes: No desire to leave 'great club'

Jordan Rhodes of Blackburn Rovers

Jordan Rhodes has committed his future to Blackburn Rovers, in the midst of transfer interest from Hull City.

The forward took his Championship goal tally to 56 by netting four in his last seven matches, having moved to Ewood Park in 2012.

Considered one of the best forwards outside the Premier League, Rhodes has been the subject of intense transfer pressure since he made a name for himself at Huddersfield Town, scoring 73 goals in 124 games across League One and the Championship.

His move to Lancashire cost a reported £8 million, and he extended his stay with Rovers this summer, signing a new contract to keep him at the club until 2019.

He is set to make his 100th league appearance for Rovers on Saturday, although he could have left the club this summer, with Premier League Hull City in talks to sign the forward. However, the club had no intention of selling their prize asset, and Rhodes’s commitment to the club was praised by the Rovers faithful.

The 24-year-old told the Lancashire Telegraph that he was happy to sign a contract extension with Blackburn, counting himself lucky to be involved at such a ‘great club’.

He 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 is no stranger to transfer rumours, having been a key target for a number of clubs since bursting onto the scene as a precocious forward, and he revealed that he no longer takes notice of anything that is said about him - choosing to instead focus upon the game at hand.

“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.

“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.”

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