Jack Rodwell Training With Sheffield United In Bid To Restart Career

Former Sunderland, Manchester City and Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell has been training with Premier League club Sheffield United in a bid to revive his fledgling career.

According to a report in the Telegraph, Blades boss Chris Wilder is looking to strengthen his squad in January and will assess Rodwell who could be an option for his side.

Rodwell began his career at Everton before a move to Manchester City, but injuries and fitness issues limited him to just 25 appearances in all competitions across two seasons at the Etihad.

The 28-year-old also spent time at Sunderland and Blackburn, leaving the Championship club in the summer having made 22 appearances last season.

The report also outlines that Rodwell trained with Italian sides Roma and Parma in a bid to find himself a new club however neither opted to sign him.

Rodwell has primarily operated as a defensive midfielder throughout his career but according to a separate report from The Sun, Wilder could see him as a centre-back given his size, strength and ability on the ball.

Panathinaikos are another club reportedly thought to be keen on Rodwell, along with Torino and Sassuolo.

There’s no doubt that Rodwell’s signing would be a risk for Sheffield United and Wilder given his injury issues throughout his career.

During his time at Sunderland he suffered relegation to the Championship but only featured twice in the league during their abysmal season in the second tier.

Former Sunderland assistant Kit Symons outlined why he didn’t feature more often for the Black Cats during his and Chris Coleman’s time in charge.

“That first day I went up there, for the Millwall game, Jonny [Williams] got injured, Duncan [Watmore] got injured and there were a few other knocks,” explained Symons.

“The next day we went into training and Jack was there and me and Chris were watching him.

“He’s a good size, a good physique, he moves well and me and Chris knew all the stories, but thought ‘he’s starting on Tuesday’ when we had Aston Villa at Villa Park.

“It was a light Sunday session and with about five minutes to go he walks off the training pitch holding his hamstring.

“Nobody has got to more than a jog during the training session, and we never saw him again after that.

“He played two games for the reserves. He was just out injured for ages and he was never available to play.

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