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Jordan Rhodes

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Biography

Date of birth

05/02/1990

Height

185 cm

Signed

01/07/2017

Country

Scotland

Sheffield Wednesday confirmed the signing of prolific striker Jordan Rhodes from Premier League side Middlesbrough on 1 February 2017.

The hitman signed on loan until the end of the season, with the move becoming permanent thereafter for an undisclosed fee.

The 27-year-old arrived in S6 with an outstanding pedigree and a terrific goal return, which has seen the Scotland international become one of the hottest properties in the country.

Rhodes made his Owls debut in the victory over Wigan at The DW Stadium two days after joining the club and claimed an assist for Ross Wallace's winning goal.

His first goal for the Owls came in a 3-0 win against Birmingham at Hillsborough, the potent striker rising highest to head home a Ross Wallace free-kick.

The former Blackburn man also bagged a brace for Wednesday in a 5-1 victory over Norwich at Hillsborough in March.

Beginning his career at Ipswich, where he rose through the Portman Road academy, Rhodes had brief loan spells with Oxford, Rochdale and Brentford before hitting the high notes with Huddersfield.

The sharp-shooter signed for the Terriers in July 2009 and his deadly finishing in front of goal saw his stock rise considerably, as well as Town, whom he helped gain promotion to the Championship in 2011/12.

His haul of 40 goals from 46 games was an outstanding return from an incredible season for the striker.

It was during this campaign that Rhodes achieved the remarkable feat of scoring four goals at Hillsborough in the 4-4 draw with the Owls.

In total, Rhodes plundered 87 goals from 129 starts for the Terriers before joining Blackburn Rovers in August 2012.

In typical Rhodes fashion, his Rovers debut was marked with two goals in 5-3 win away at Bristol City, as the lethal marksman took the step up to life in the Championship firmly in his stride.

His top-notch goals-to-games ratio continued at Ewood Park and in three and a half years at the club, he struck a further 85 goals in 158 starts.

Premier League-bound Middlesbrough came calling for his services in February 2016, where Rhodes scored a number of crucial goals to aid the Riverside club’s rise to the top flight.

His maiden goal for Aitor Karanka’s side came in the final minute in a 1-1 draw away at MK Dons to salvage a priceless point.

With the race for automatic promotion going down to the wire in 2015/16, perhaps Rhodes’ biggest contributions came late in the campaign in a clash at Bolton, where his goals on 73 and 89 minutes saw Boro come from behind to win 2-1.

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