Sheffield Wednesday: Rhodes spur for Lavery

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Caolan Lavery wants to follow the example set by Jordan Rhodes - who was his team-mate at Ipswich.

The pair both started their careers at Portman Road but will be on opposite sides when the Owls face Blackburn today.

Caolan Lavery hits the first of his two goals against Birmingham

Caolan Lavery hits the first of his two goals against Birmingham

Rhodes, aged 24, has fulfilled his early potential by becoming a prolific Football League goalscorer for Huddersfield and Rovers.

Lavery, 21, has only just started his first-team career but hopes to progress and make a big impact of his own, with Wednesday.

The Northern Ireland Under 21 striker says of Rhodes: “I was at Ipswich with him, but not for long. I signed as a first-year scholar as he was leaving the club, under Roy Keane.

“I trained with him for a few weeks before he left for Huddersfield.

“Everyone always knew there was something about Jordan Rhodes. He was always in and around the first-team at Ipswich; everyone knew he had something. Obviously, it just didn’t work out for him at the time.

“I would like to think we have similar games, I would like to do as much as he has done. He’s obviously a very good goalscorer.”

Rhodes, who left Ipswich in 2009, has 23 goals this season and was bought by Blackburn from Huddersfield for £8m two years ago.

Lavery is in contention for a recall today and has four goals so far in his first season in the Owls senior squad.

He is pleased to have signed a new two-and-a-half-year contract: “Up until this point I have only ever had one-year contracts. So you are always looking over your shoulder. To have a bit of stability will be good and help me to get my head down and work harder to do better for Wednesday.”