Barnsley FC's relegation is a 'real pity' admits Huddersfield Town striker Jordan Rhodes

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN striker Jordan Rhodes admits to being sad at witnessing the plight of Yorkshire rivals Barnsley, who he helped to relegate with a goal in last week's league fixture at the John Smith's Stadium.

Jordan Rhodes pictured being congratulated by Danny Ward after scoring Huddersfield Town's second goal against Derby earlier this year. Picture: Tony Johnson.
Jordan Rhodes pictured being congratulated by Danny Ward after scoring Huddersfield Town's second goal against Derby earlier this year. Picture: Tony Johnson.

Rhodes netted his second goal in successive games to put the Terriers ahead on a night when they secured play-off participation, with the emotions wholly contrasting for the Reds on a night when their long-expected relegation from the Championship was officially confirmed following defeat.

While pleased at developments for his club, Rhodes - who lives in the Barnsley area - spared a thought for the Reds and said that their demise over the past 12 months has been a 'real pity.'

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Rhodes was a member of Barnsley academy as a youngster with his father Andy having played in goal for the Oakwell outfit in the mid-Eighties.

Rhodes, speaking ahead of Town's game at Coventry City, said: "Living in the area and seeing the atmosphere and anticipation after last year's exploits of what they did, the town really came together.

"Having cousins and uncles that support Barnsley and apparently It was bouncing in the town centre, even though Covid restrctions meant that the fans weren't really allowed into the stadiums.

"To have such highs and then for what has happened this year is a real pity.

"I have played for Barnsley academy from the ages of nine to 11, so I grew up watching many a Barnsley game and being a supporter and I am sorry to see the outcome and situation that has happened."