Former Manchester City and Everton midfielder gets new contract


It would be safe to say that Jack Rodwell’s career hasn’t gone exactly as planned in recent years, but the former Manchester City and Everton man has been given a lifeline after signing a two-year contract with the Western Sydney Wanderers.

Rodwell rose to prominence at Everton and it seemed the only way was to increase after a £ 13million move to Man City, where he won a Premier League winner’s medal in 2014. He has also received international recognition, winning three caps in England.

A move to Sunderland followed, and his career was on a downward trajectory from that point. He ended up being frozen out of the picture at the Stadium of Light and was demonized in Netflix’s captivating “Sunderland” Til I Die “series.

Ewood Park was his next destination in 2018, but he left the club after making 22 appearances in a single season at the club. A stint at Sheffield United followed, but he only played twice for the Blades and left Bramall Lane in June.

PA: Jack Rodwell in action for Sheffield United.

But former boss Chris Wilder came up to the midfielder’s defense with questions about his attitude.

“I hope he gets over that and tries to jumpstart his career. He covers a lot of positions.

“I wouldn’t sign a bad player who has a bad attitude. I wouldn’t sign a player, as I said before, who wants to split the squad.

“There are all kinds of silly, lazy, uneducated opinions about Jack and who he is as a person and a player – all wrong and all wrong.”

Now the 30-year-old is hoping to relaunch his Down Under career with a number of other former Premier League and Championship players plying their trade for the A-League side.

They are led by former Scotland international Kenny Miller, and their squad includes former Brighton & Hove striker Albion Tomer Hemed, as well as former Middlesbrough duo Rhys Williams and Tomas Mejias.

Meanwhile, Daniel Sturridge is another former England international who is relaunching his career in Australia with Perth Glory.

It’s unclear when Rodwell will make his first Wanderers appearance, and FTBL reports there are doubts about his current fitness for his next game against Sydney FC at CommBank Stadium on November 20.

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