Rhodes will­ing to keep play­ing Nor­wich bit part

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Striker Jor­dan Rhodes is in no rush to re­turn to par­ent club Sh­effield Wed­nes­day after the ap­point­ment of Steve Bruce as man­ager raised the pos­si­bil­ity of a re­call from his sea­son-long loan at Nor­wich.

Rhodes, a £10 mil­lion sign­ing from Mid­dles­brough by for­mer man­ager Car­los Car­val­hal, joined Cham­pi­onship ri­vals Nor­wich in July and, though he has started fewer than half their games, he has

added six goals to his im­pres­sive ca­reer tally. These in­clude two cru­cial in­ter­ven­tions from the bench – a 90th-minute goal against Mill­wall in Novem­ber and Satur­day’s 83rd­minute equaliser.

De­spite be­ing named only on the bench 16 times by man­ager Daniel Farke, he is keen to re­main part of the pro­mo­tion push. “Ev­ery foot­baller would like to be play­ing week in, week out but the team has been do­ing re­ally well and whether I’m on the pitch at the start or at the end, I’m just happy to do what­ever I can to help Nor­wich City,” Rhodes said.

“From my point of view, the idea was that I would be here for the sea­son,

that I should get the fam­ily down, get set­tled and chuck my­self into life in Nor­folk, and I’m lov­ing ev­ery minute of it. It could be a spe­cial few months ahead. The man­ager has built a re­ally good dress­ing room full of re­ally good char­ac­ters and we’ve to be where we are, so why not con­tinue it?”

Rhodes’s goal, the 186th of his league ca­reer, was not enough to keep Nor­wich in the top two but it did ex­tend their un­beaten away run to 12 matches.

Set up by fel­low sub­sti­tute Kenny Mclean’s cross, it was an al­most iden­ti­cal goal to the Dwight Gayle ef­fort that had put fourth-placed Al­bion ahead, a near-post fin­ish that thrilled right-back Ma­son Hol­gate, who sup­plied the pass on his Cham­pi­onship de­but for the club on loan from Ever­ton. “The boss wants me to get for­ward and de­velop my at­tack­ing skills and it’s great to know that if I can get the de­liv­ery right then Dwight or Jay [Ro­driguez] or Hal [Rob­son-kanu] will get on the end of it,” he said. West Bromwich Al­bion

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