Millwall boss reveals he was once interested in Rovers star

© Julie Badrick
© Julie Badrick

KENNY Jackett has revealed he was interested in signing Blackburn Rovers star Jordan Rhodes before the striker joined Huddersfield Town in 2009.

Rhodes has been one of the most prolific goal-scorers in the Football League in recent seasons and moved to Ewood Park last summer after plundering 73 goals in 123 appearances for the Terriers.

The Scotland international has kept up his astonishing strike rate since joining the Lancashire club and has already reached the 20-goal mark this campaign.



The 23-year-old came through the ranks at Ipswich Town and was allowed to leave Portman Road by then manager Roy Keane four years ago – and Jackett admits he was keen to sign him then.

"At the time we were in League One but Huddersfield bought him for £350,000," he said. "Buying him for that, scoring an awful lot of goals and selling him for £8million was very good business.

"It was around then that we were interested. I don't think we were quite in that ballpark back then – we were in the lower half of League One and he was a promising striker at Ipswich.



"He was going out on loan to the likes of Brentford but Huddersfield went out and bought him."

The Lions were also linked with a £750,000-move for Rhodes in June 2011.

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20 thoughts on “Millwall boss reveals he was once interested in Rovers star

  • March 8, 2013 at 15:49
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    Oh well, the less said the better on this one

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  • March 8, 2013 at 17:16
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    Why start talking about players that you could have/would have bought, when we are struggling so much in that department? Maybe you think he would have learnt a lesson there and taken a chance when he thought he saw something in a player... Clearly not.
    This is just a kick in the teeth reading story's about who we might have had and where we could be, just concentrate in what is in front of you!!

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    • March 8, 2013 at 18:18
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      You do realise press conferences are question and answer sessions? He doesn't just come out with whatever he feels like!

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  • March 8, 2013 at 17:23
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    Alternatively, wait til he is 34 and we can get him on loan

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  • March 8, 2013 at 17:28
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    Like giving methe winning lottery numbers and taking the ticket for yourself, that's our trouble, get the players on a contract instead of making them marketable for other clubs and not waiting until they no other club wants them, FFs ,god help us

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  • March 8, 2013 at 17:51
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    I think KJ has a blind spot where signing permanent strikers are concerned. The only decent ones he has signed in his 5 and a half years at the club were Morison and possibly Keogh. Henderson was okay for a season but was then released. The rest have been rubbish. We could have signed Wood permanently in the Summer if KJ had taken the chance on him He now admits that we could have signed Rhodes a few seasons ago. We could also have bid for LeFondre in the Summer of 2011 to replace Morison but he went to Reading for £350,000 and is proving this season that he can even score goals in the Premiership. Instead we signed N'Guessan and Simpson on loan which nearly got us relegated. If we manage to stay in the Championship who has KJ lined up to sign in the Summer?

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  • March 8, 2013 at 18:08
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    Obviously didn't make jackett's criteria unlike hulse and tyson

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  • March 8, 2013 at 19:12
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    Alex of course I understand that it was probably in a q and a, but he really doesn't have to comment on it.
    I am a massive fan of KJ, and I know he was probably obligated due to FA cup, but just think he needs to start letting the football do the talking.

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  • March 8, 2013 at 20:10
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    I'd take a punt on billy kee from burton, he's still young at 22 has found the net a few times and although not the tallest is fairly physical. Wouldn't break the bank either.

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    • March 9, 2013 at 00:07
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      Looks promising and worth a gamble.
      I like the look of Forrester at Brentford too. Big clubs have been sniffing,could be a good investment if we move early!

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  • March 8, 2013 at 21:34
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    Grey from Luton as a back up striker and a pedigree striker not to old or youth lone as an investment we need to get money from investment in players coz we ain't finding it by crowd numbers , invest in our scouts Europe is a big place but don't forget local talent

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  • March 8, 2013 at 21:57
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    tom pope of port vale must be worth a punt, 27 years old, six feet 3, really good in the air,runs channels, does the donkey work, and scores goals, sound familiar ,could be another steve morrison maybe

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  • March 8, 2013 at 22:20
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    Smith from Oldham is a must

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  • March 8, 2013 at 22:20
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    He will probably take him on loan and Leicester will offer him a contract

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  • March 8, 2013 at 22:26
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    Why is he a must ? Played 3 good games all season according to Oldham fans. Look at his professional goal scoring record In the football league, over 50 games and not even 10 goals. PLEASE KENNY HE IS A MUST!

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  • March 9, 2013 at 00:02
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    That's 3 more than, our strikers

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  • March 9, 2013 at 05:24
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    This season maybe, overall not a great record though. Then again, wouldn't be too bad I suppose as at least he guarentees a threat in the air.

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  • March 9, 2013 at 07:06
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    He's s*** anyway!

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  • March 9, 2013 at 19:46
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    I agree,I've said a couple times now about pope, gotta be worth a try, good goalscorer, woulda been a better buy then loaning hulse and tyson who have scored 1 goal between them aint they? We will se what happens,

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  • March 10, 2013 at 09:42
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    That's what I was trying to say, smith is a threat in the air and young so KJ could bring him on

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