One of the most divisive players in recent Sunderland history is Jack Rodwell, who must go down as a big Black Cats transfer failures.
Rodwell had been a promising midfielder at Everton which got him a move to Manchester City in 2012, but the move to the Etihad Stadium didn’t go as planned and two years later it was Sunderland who snapped him up for a fee of around £10 million.
Then a 23-year-old, Rodwell penned a five-year contract with his best years seemingly ahead of him – but it didn’t turn out that way whatsoever.
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Rodwell made 65 Premier League appearances in three seasons for the Wearsiders but often suffered from injuries and when they were relegated to the Championship in 2017, Rodwell didn’t have to take a pay cut unlike others and only ended up making two league appearances all season.
After a second successive relegation for the club, Rodwell was released with one year remaining on his contract but what is he up to now?
To the surprise of some, Rodwell got himself fixed up with a Championship club at Blackburn Rovers for the 2018-19 campaign and made 21 appearances for the Lancashire club, and he impressed to the point where he was offered an extended deal.
Rodwell didn’t sign this though and after being a free agent for six months he made his way back to the Premier League with Sheffield United.
In a year and a half though Rodwell only played three times in all competitions for the Blades and was released this past summer, and he now remains without a club.
There could be a move in the offing though for the midfielder, who is now 30 years old, after moving to Australia with his wife.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, two A-League teams in Macarthur and Western Sydney Wanderers have made contact in regards to a potential move so we may be seeing Rodwell play down under in the very near future.