Western Sydney Wanderers sign former England international Jack Rodwell for an A-League Men season

Western Sydney Wanderers’ newest recruit Jack Rodwell hopes to turn his career around with the A-League Men’s club.

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 a visa.

Rodwell left English club Sheffield United earlier this year after playing just two competitive matches since the start of 2020.

He was not included in the Wanderers squad to face Sydney FC in their A-League Men season opener on Saturday.

The 30-year-old joins the Wanderers after a long career in England, having exploded onto the scene with Everton before sealing a lucrative move to Manchester City.

The midfielder struggled for match time and relocated 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 revitalize his career.

“I looked at the opportunity to play in Australia for a few months and with my wife being from western Sydney, the Wanderers were the perfect target,” Rodwell said in a Wanderers statement.

“Australia is like a second home for me, it’s my favorite country on earth.”

Wanderers coach Carl Robinson said the introduction of the three-cap England international would be worth the club’s younger players.

“You need good people in your building to help the young players and Jack is fulfilling that bill,” he said.

“He has the experience of Europe and was one of the most outstanding players in the Premier League coming many years ago.

“You don’t lose it all of a sudden, sometimes you lose your way, your hunger and your enjoyment.

“But in the short period when he was here, Jack is hungry and he wants to play and I create an environment that allows the players to go and play.”

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