The Western Sydney Wanderers’ latest recruit Jack Rodwell hopes to turn his career around with the A-League Men’s club.
- Rodwell has signed a one-year deal with the Wanderers
- He was capped by England at the senior level
- Rodwell also played for Everton and Manchester City in the English Premier League
The former England international — who signed a one-year deal with the Wanderers on Thursday — has been training with the club for the past two weeks awaiting visa clearance.
Rodwell left English club Sheffield United earlier this year after playing just two competitive matches since the start of 2020.
He has not been included in the Wanderers squad to take on Sydney FC in their A-League Men season opener on Saturday.
The 30-year-old joins the Wanderers after a lengthy career in England, having burst onto the scene with Everton before sealing a lucrative move to Manchester City.
The midfielder struggled for match time and shifted to Sunderland, where he was part of a side that suffered back-to-back relegations while earning a reported weekly salary of $140,000.
He later moved on to Blackburn and then Sheffield United.
Rodwell said he wanted to use the move to Australia to revitalise his career.
“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 said in a Wanderers statement.
“Australia is like a second home to me, it’s my favourite country on earth.”
Wanderers coach Carl Robinson said the introduction of the three-cap England international would be of value to the club’s younger players.
“You need good people in your building to help the young players and Jack fits that bill,” he said.
“He has the experience of Europe and was one of the top, top players in the Premier League coming through many years ago.
“You don’t lose that overnight, you sometimes lose your way, your hunger and your enjoyment.
“But in the short period he has been here, Jack is hungry and he wants to play and I create an environment that allows the players to go and play.”