Huddersfield Town chairman talks transfers amid reported swoop for Sheffield Wednesday's Jordan Rhodes
Huddersfield Town lead the race for Jordan Rhodes, but their chairman is remaining tight-lipped on any link with the Sheffield Wednesday forward.
Rhodes will see his Owls contract expire at the end of next month as the curtain comes down on what has been a difficult period in his football career.
Things have not worked out for the 31-year-old forward at Hillsborough, and while his return of seven Championship goals this season was the best since his arrival at Hillsborough, it wasn’t enough to help them beat the drop as they fell into League One.
Now, with the striker looking likely to re-join his former club, Huddersfield Town, he appears to be set to get another chance at breaking David Nugent’s Championship record tally of 121 goals, while the Owls go in search of a goalscorer who can do the job in the third tier.
But despite the links to the Terriers, the club’s chairman, Phil Hodgkinson, isn’t giving too much away, but did insist that they will be strengthening their squad over the summer after a largely disappointing 2020/21 campaign that saw them narrowly avoid the drop.
Speaking to the BBC, Hodgkinson said, “One of the things that I’ve learnt to do is not talk about players individually when it comes to ins, outs or even stories…
“I’m not going to comment on individual players, but I would like to think that before the end of June, we’ll have some announcements to make in that regard that will demonstrate the intention to strengthen our squad, not weaken it, for next season.”
Joost van Aken, who joined Zulte Waragem in the Belgian Pro League, is the only confirmed Wednesday exit as this point in time, however there are expected to be several others that follow him out of the door before the time comes for the 2021/22 campaign gets underway.
Darren Moore has promised new faces as he begins a rebuilding process at Hillsborough following relegation out of the Championship, a rebuilding process that – for fans at least – will get underway when their official retained list is finally released in the coming days.