JORDAN Rhodes wants to come back to Brentford - but warned Bees fans they could be in for a long wait.
The Ipswich Town striker, who scored seven goals in 14 games for Andy Scott’s side last season, is due to return to west London when the two sides meet in a friendly on Wednesday.
Bees boss Andy Scott has told the Tractor Boys he wants Rhodes back on loan at Griffin Park for the new campaign.
The 19-year-old revealed he plans to play in red and white again sometime in the future, but has his sights set on a spot in Roy Keane’s side instead, for now.
He said: "Roy has told us all we will get a chance if we put the work in. I’m just concentrating on keeping myself fit, and hopefully I’ll get a chance in the first team."
Rhodes is well down the Portman Road pecking order, with Pablo Counago, Jon Stead, Kevin Lisbie and Jon Walters ahead of him.
And he has not ruled out a loan move should he be stuck in Town’s second string later in the year.
"A loan is a possibility," he said. "But I’m not really thinking about it. If I did then Brentford would definitely be my first choice.
"The club will always hold a special place in my heart, and I’ll look out for their results. Hopefully, I’ll go back and play for them one day, but it might be when I’m 35 or 36."
Rhodes was a fans’ favourite at Brentford, and earned two awards as well as a League Two winners medal.
The Oldham-born hitman, who scored a half-hour hat-trick against Shrewsbury, scooped the PFA player-of-the-month award for March, as well as their player-of-the-season prize.
"I don’t think I played enough games to get the one for the season," he joked.
"Alan Bennett, Ben Hamer and Charlie MacDonald played loads more. It’s nice to be recognised."
Rhodes is desperate to play a part in the friendly at Griffin Park, but promised he wouldn’t celebrate if he scores as a mark of respect for the Bees fans.
He added: "It’s only a friendly,so players don’t really celebrate scoring. But the supporters were always good to me, and I wouldn’t want to rub it in their faces."