On 16th September 2003,
Norwich City announced that they had beaten rivals Yeovil and
Cambridge United in the race to offer 20-year old Newmarket hotshot
Alex Rhodes a trial. He joined the Canaries on 17th September
to train with those who did not play the previous night at Gillingham.
He returned the following week for a three day trial and a run-out
with the reserves.
Norwich scouts had
watched "Tiger" play for Newmarket in their FA Cup clash
with Brackley Town on 13th September which the Jockeys won 6-0.
They had been alerted to Rhodes' form when he had scored 3 successive
hat-tricks and a total of 11 goals in 4 games. Although the Ridgeons
League is of a very different standard to Division One, Norwich's
scouts believe that Rhodes might have what it takes to play at
a much higher level. Norwich are not the only club to have their
eye on Tiger with Peterborough, West Ham, Walsall, Watford and
Luton also having watched him.
Rhodes would cost a
fee of around £20000 as he is on a two year contract with
Newmarket. He works as a coach at the Cambridge Regional College
and has been with the Jockeys since his youth. Alex is a left-sided
player who has pace and a good first touch.
Ceefax reported on
10th October 2003 that Cambridge manager John Taylor was hopeful
of securing Alex's signature. He may face competition from a number
of clubs. Alex trialled with Yeovil, playing in their reserves
against Frome Town and scoring twice in a 9-0 victory. In mid-October,
he turned out for Ipswich's reserves in a 1-0 defeat against Derby.
Alex was subbed in the 63rd minute and was described in the match
report as having pace but beign lightweight.
After a trial with
Brentford, Alex rejoined Yeovil and played again for their second
string - this time against Plymouth Argyle's reserves. Whilst
the media predicted that Alex would sign for the Glovers, Yeovil
eventually opted not to pursue their interest in him. On 11th
November, Alex returned to Griffin Park and signed an 18month
contract with Brentford - Newmarket receiving a 4 figure fee -
believed to be £7500. He scored his first goal for Brentford
on the last day of the 2003/4 season against Bournemouth which
won the game for Brentford and saved them from relegation.
Scouts from Portsmouth, Charlton and Wolves were said to have
been watching Brentford with their eyes on Rhodes and young striking
partner Matt Harold.
Despite being involved in most of the Bees' games in 2006/7,
he was loaned to Swindon Town on 10th October 2006 for a month.
In March 2007, Alex was again loaned out, this time to Conference
side Grays Athletic.
Rhodes rejected a new contract offer from the Bees and after
a short trial joined Bradford City until the end of 2007. During
this period he made 15 appearances, scoring once and so his contact
was extended in January 2008 until the end of the 2007/8 season.
In May 2008, Alex was one of thirteen players at Bradofr whose
contract was not renewed for the following season
Alex signed for Rotherham at the end of June 2008
In March 2009, Alex joined Woking on loan. In mid-May, Rhodes
was released by Rotherham, he quickly signed for Oxford United.
He stayed there until November 2009 when he joined Braintree.
In January 2010, he signed for Grays
Released by Grays, Alex trained with AFC Sudbury in July 2010.
Although Alex is believed to have been offered a contract with
a northern club but wants to stay in and around his home area.
Sudbury manager Nicky Smith said: Hes training
with us to see what we are like and we are looking at him. Whether
we can work out a deal remains to be seen, but a player of his
class showing an interest in a club like our is always good and
shows how were are progressing.
After a trial with Hereford, he joined Canvey Island in August
2010. He made 43 appearances in his first season with Canvey Island,
scoring 13 goals.