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SIMON DISCUSSES RHODES’ DEPARTURE

30 August 2012

Grayson: our objectives haven’t changed

Huddersfield Town Manager Simon Grayson held his pre-Ipswich press conference at Canalside Sports Complex this lunctime and explained that the targets and direction of the Club hasn’t changed following news of the impending departure of Jordan Rhodes to Blackburn Rovers.
 
Rhodes is set to move to Lancashire for a Club record fee of £8 million and Simon thanked him for his efforts and achievements at the Club. 
 
“Obviously everyone at the Club is disappointed to see Jordan leave, but this happens all the time in football no matter the Club or league you are in. You cannot realistically keep players at a Club against their will and Jordan made it clear to us that he wanted to talk to Blackburn Rovers, but as we have said all along a transfer would only happen on our terms and this is exactly the case.
 
“I would like to thank Jordan for all he has done for this Club. He’s been an absolute joy to work with every day; he’s always looking to improve and all the speculation surrounding him this year has not affected his professionalism for a second. He has achieved some unbelievable things here and played a massive part as Huddersfield Town has moved forward.  

“It’s a shame he won’t be part of the next stage of our Championship journey but that’s life and we move on quickly in football. We have been planning behind the scenes for the eventuality that Jordan would leave for a long time now, even though we hoped it wouldn’t happen, and we know our options.
 
“We have developed a good squad of players here and our targets for this season and beyond have not changed just because Jordan is departing. There is no lack of ambition at this Club, that’s for sure, as we have shown and will show over the coming weeks, months and years.  Buying and selling is an integral part of that.”
 
Simon Grayson’s comments on the Ipswich game will follow on htafc.com on Friday morning, along with an interview with Huddersfield Town Chairman Dean Hoyle.

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