Jack Rodwell signs for A-League side Western Sydney Wanderers as English outcast looks to resurrect his career after a 16-MONTH absence – with his last appearance coming in July 2020 as a substitute for Sheffield United!
- Jack Rodwell has signed a one-year contract with Western Sydney Wanderers
- He hasn’t played competitively since the 2019-20 season at Sheffield United
- His last appearance came as a substitute in a 1-1 draw at Burnley on July 5, 2020
Forgotten man Jack Rodwell is back in football after being signed by Australian outfit Western Sydney Wanderers.
The former prestigious English talent, who won three caps for his country, hasn’t stepped out on a football pitch in over 16 months – but has been given a chance to resurrect his career in the A-League after putting pen-to-paper on a one-year deal.
The 30-year-old’s last appearance came as a second-half substitute for Sheffield United during a 1-1 draw at Burnley on July 5, 2020. In fact, that was his first Premier League appearance since May 2017 when Sunderland were thumped 5-1 at Chelsea.
Jack Rodwell is back in football after signing a one-year deal with Western Sydney Wanderers
The 30-year-old has been without a club since June after being released by Sheffield United
His last competitive match came 16 months ago for United against Burnley on July 5, 2020
And upon joining the Wanderers, who are managed by ex-Wolves and Wales midfielder Carl Robinson, Rodwell spoke of his happiness at completing the move predominately for family reasons.
‘This move is really exciting for me, I’ve been looking at the opportunity to play in Australia for a couple of months and with my wife being from Western Sydney, the Wanderers was the perfect destination,’ Rodwell told the club’s official website.
‘Australia is like a second home to me, it’s my favourite country on earth, it’s where my wife and her family are from; we love the place.
‘I honestly can’t wait to play. With the opening match being the Sydney Derby, everyone in my family will be there watching so it is a huge opportunity and something I am really looking forward to.
‘I’d like to thank the club for this opportunity, and hope I can repay the faith they have shown in me.’
Rodwell says the move to the A-League was inspired by his wife being from Western Sydney
Rodwell will hope to make an impact Down Under after his career went stale in England. A precocious teenager at Everton, he went on to make 109 appearances, following his debut in 2007, before joining Manchester City in 2012 – winning the Premier League title in 2013-14.
Despite that triumph, Rodwell had played a bit-part role in his two years at the Etihad due to the competition for places in midfield and injury problems.
He joined Sunderland in the summer of 2014 but three years later was frozen out of the squad after their relegation from the Premier League.
He then signed a one-year deal at Blackburn for the duration of the 2018-19 campaign and then turned down the offer of a new contract.
A free agent in January 2020 he signed for Sheffield United but only made two appearances during that Covid-hit 2019-20 campaign. And things didn’t fare any better last term as he didn’t make a single appearance for the Blades before being released in June.
Rodwell burst on the scene at Everton in 2007 – making 109 appearances for the club in total
He joined Manchester City in 2012 but the move never worked out for both parties properly
He joined Sunderland in 2014 – but his time at the Stadium of Light was nothing but darkness
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