Jordan Rhodes press conference RECAP: Sheffield Wednesday forward on Tony Pulis, Garry Monk, new contract hopes and Keiren Westwood

Sheffield Wednesday forward Jordan Rhodes has the honour of being the first Owls player to take on a formal media engagement following the appointment of Tony Pulis last week.

By Alex Miller
Thursday, 19th November 2020, 11:58 am
Updated Thursday, 19th November 2020, 1:10 pm

The 30-year-old is expected to discuss his relationship with his new boss – they worked together previously at Middlesbrough – his future and whether he can get the goals flowing once more under yet another permanent Wednesday boss.

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We’ll be on-hand to deliver everything Rhodes has to say in what will be his first chat with the media for nearly a year.

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Sheffield Wednesday striker Jordan Rhodes will speak to the media this afternoon.

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JR on returning to form

If I didn’t think I could do that, I’d retire tomorrow. If I’m given the chance I can be that 20-goal striker again.

JR on mental health issues

I wouldn’t say that. I’d say it’s challenging and football presents difficult challenges. It poses a threat to your happiness and social life, the way you are as a husband and a father.

Has it caused mental health issue? Probably not, but I can see how it poses problems for individuals.

JR on how to get the best out of him

You’d have to ask the manager. I’ve played up front on my own, with someone like Gestede, Josh King, David Nugent.

I like to feel that whatever the circumstances, I’m fairly adaptable. I want to be in the best physical and mental condition.

That would be nice. Every footballer loves to do that, I want to be in the thick of things. I’ve missed it and I’m desperate to be out there and to be a part of things.

It’s been incredibly frustrating. I’ve been working as hard as I can in training. I’ve had some real lows in my time here and it’s been the hardest time of my career so far.

The message is that I’m working as hard as I can to be the best person and player as I can.

Every day has been progressive. We’ll see what Saturday brings, they come thick and fast and it’s up to us to soak in all the information.

It’s only been a few days, he’s trying to get his message across. In terms of an individual basis, not a great deal.

The message is to work hard in training.

I’m in a pretty good place, I’ve been doing extra bits and I’m in a good position.

I want to be in to be in a good place with the new manager coming in.

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Sheffield Wednesday return to Championship action this weekend, when they travel to take on Preston North End at Deepdale, in what is shaping up to be an intriguing contest as Tony Pulis makes his debut in charge of the Owls.

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It’s fair to say that news of Tony Pulis’ appointment at Sheffield Wednesday last week was met with a degree of derision from some quarters in the Owls fan base.

Just a couple of days to go now until Tony Pulis sends out his first team and it’s likely to have Keiren Westwood in it after the club had his registration ratified by the EFL.

Wednesday are light in numbers though and we’ll bring you the latest on the squad throughout the day here on our live blog.

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