The Western Sydney Wanderers have confirmed the signing of a three-time England international in what is a major blow for the club.
In a major boost for the A-League, the Western Sydney Wanderers signed Jack Rodwell for a year.
The former Manchester City star had been training with the Wanderers for two weeks, and coach Carl Robinson was keen to sign him for the 2021/22 season.
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Rodwell, who was most recently at Sheffield United, has been a free agent since his release by the Blades following their relegation from the Premier League in May this year.
The midfielder comes to the Wanderers with a lot of Premier League experience, having climbed the ranks at Everton before spending a lot of money at City in 2012.
Eager to restart his career, Rodwell couldn’t be happier to be at the club, especially with his family ties to the Sydney West region.
“This move is really exciting for me, I looked for the opportunity to play in Australia for a few months and my wife being from West Sydney the Wanderers were the perfect destination,” said Rodwell.
“Australia is like a second home to me, it’s my favorite country on earth, it’s where my wife and her family come from; we love the place.
“Honestly, I can’t wait to play. With the opener being the Sydney Derby, everyone in my family will be there to watch, so it’s a huge opportunity and something that I’m really looking forward to.
“I would like to thank the club for this opportunity and I hope I can give them back the trust they have placed in me.”
Rodwell adds an experienced boss to the Wanderers’ engine room in midfield, having lost Graham Dorrans and Jordon Mutch at the end of last season.
Wanderers coach Robinson was thrilled to have secured a player of Rodwell’s pedigree as he seeks to end Western Sydney’s four-year absence from the final series.
“We are delighted to have Jack on our team because he is a strong character with excellent leadership qualities,” said Robinson.
“He has integrated perfectly in such a short time and has integrated well into the group, sharing the same values and ideas that we have here as a club.
“His experience speaks for itself and his signing gives him the opportunity to start enjoying his football again in a positive and competitive environment.
“We can’t wait for Jack to be a great addition to our strong group of players this season.”
Rodwell could get his first minutes as a player for the Wanderers on Saturday night, as they face Sydney FC in a successful derby to open their respective campaigns.