Scotland striker Jordan Rhodes’ switch from Middlesbrough to Sheffield Wednesday is a family affair

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Scotland striker Jordan Rhodes admits his switch to Sheffield Wednesday is a family affair after leaving his uncle at Middlesbrough to be reunited with his dad.

Rhodes moved to Hillsborough on loan on Tuesday and is expected to complete a £10 million permanent transfer to the Owls in the summer.

In joining Wednesday, Rhodes has again linked up with dad and former Dunfermline goalkeeper Andy, who is the club’s goalkeeper coach, but leaves behind uncle Steve Agnew at the Riverside.

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Rhodes, who failed to score in six appearances for Boro this season after joining the club in a £9 million deal from Blackburn last January, said: “Myself and my dad had a couple of years down at Ipswich so it’s something that I’m familiar with.

“I’ve just come from having my uncle as my assistant manager at Middlesbrough to my dad as goalkeeper coach here. It runs in the family you could say.

“I don’t think it will ever be a problem, it’s nice to have some family here to look out for you I suppose.”

The 13-times capped forward could form an all-Scottish attack alongside Steven Fletcher at Carlos Carvalhal’s side and admits he is keen to get his career kick-started following a frustrating spell at Boro.

Speaking to swfc.co.uk, Rhodes, who scored a total of 156 league goals for Rovers and Huddersfield, added: “It’s been six months of not being able being able to do that (play). Thats something I love doing.

“You’ve just got to put it in everyday in training and keep yourself right for when that chance might happen. That chance didn’t happen quite as much as I wanted it to.

“Now I have a chance in Sheffield Wednesday colours and I would like to think I’ve kept myself in good condition.

“Hopefully I can add to the competition for places because there is a real good bunch of players in there.

“I can’t wait to run around, work hard and come away after 90 minutes knowing the team have got three points.”

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