SHEFFIELD UNITED: Clinical Rhodes ready for big stage

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HIS strike rate is simply sensational.

But all Scotland international Jordan Rhodes is bothered about is leading Huddersfield Town back into the Championship for the first time since 2001.

The Terriers stand on the brink of promotion after Rhodes, one of the hottest properties outside the top flight, took his tally to the season to 40 - 46 if you include his six goals for Scotland under-21s - as they saw off MK Dons 3-2 on aggregate in the semi-finals of the League One play-offs to set up an all Yorkshire final with Sheffield United.

Rhodes, the son of Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeping coach Andy, is looking forward to the chance to showcase his talent at Wembley on Saturday May 26.

“It’s great to get to the final and great to be a game away from promotion,” said Rhodes, who is sure to attract further attention of Premier League clubs this summer.

“We haven’t achieved anything yet. We aren’t in the next division, we’re a game away from it and that is an exciting prospect but we have to go there with the mentality of working as hard as we can and playing to the best of our ability.

“These two legs count for nothing, and going into the final against a great club like Sheffield United is going to be a fantastic occasion and I can’t wait to play there.”

Simon Grayson, who was appointed Huddersfield boss in February, has echoed Rhodes’ sentiments. saying: “The chairman has been immense for this football club and hopefully we can repay him by getting promoted to the Championship.”