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Why Jordan Rhodes might favour Norwich return despite the pull of Hillsborough

Nine goals in 40 appearances and none since January. It had seemed unlikely that Norwich would want to keep Jordan Rhodes at the end of his loan from Sheffield Wednesday.

But according to The Star, the Canaries are looking into a permanent deal for the 29-year-old despite their promotion to the Premier League.

And that could cause something of a dilemma for Rhodes, should Wednesday choose to enteratain an approach from Carrow Road.

On the one hand, a return to Hillsborough would see Rhodes united with a manager who has pursued him for years (Steve Bruce), and reunited with his uncle, Steve Agnew. While his prospects are also made rosier by the release of one of his positional rivals, Gary Hooper.

Sheffield Wednesday’s manager and assistant boss, Bruce and Agnew (Photo by Action Foto Sport/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

But on the other, it could lead Rhodes back to an environment from which, reading between the lines, he was keen to escape a year ago.

Speaking to the Norwich website three months into his loan spell, the Scottish striker explained:

“When I go into the dressing room, I feel like I can talk to everybody in there about something. We all have mutual ground on at least something.

 

“It’s hard to explain but it’s not always like that in a dressing room and there are certain people you avoid in dressing rooms.

 

“It’s not like that here. There’s a real warm feeling and it’s a terrific football club – that’s right from the directors and everyone on the board downwards.

 

“You can just talk to anyone around the training ground and I’m really loving being here at the moment.”

Whether or not it was Wednesday’s dressing room to which Rhodes was referring remains to be seen, and if it was then it is possible that some of those repellent teammates are there no longer.

Although it would come as little surprise to see him angle for a return to Norwich this summer – even if his playing prospects aren’t as great.

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