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Report: Jack Rodwell set to follow Nick Montgomery to Australia

Ever wondered what Jack Rodwell was up to after leaving Sheffield United in the summer? Probably not (unless you’re my Dad), but I’m here anyway to tell you he’s got his next career move lined up.

Jack Rodwell was signed by Chris Wilder on a free transfer in the January transfer window of 2020. At the time, Wilder defended the former Everton man, who had come under fire from Sunderland fans for his big contract and lack of games on Wearside.

However, despite being seen as potential challenger to Chris Basham’s slot on the right side of the back three, it just never happened for Rodwell. He played just two games for United, with just 15 Premier League minutes coming in a 1-1 draw with Burnley.

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But according to the Sunderland Echo, Rodwell is close to finding his next destination. They report states he is set to move to Australia and join Western Sydney Wanderers. Of course, he won’t be the only ex-Blade Down Under, with Nick Montgomery doing well out there already.

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Once again, it looks like Rodwell is looking to kickstart his career. Albeit, a few thousand miles away this time.

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A few weeks ago in an interview, Chris Wilder admitted to some mistakes while in charge. Surely, this is one of them? Why oh why he signed Rodwell, will always remain a mystery.

Wilder will have had his reasons. Versatile, a bit of a punt, and someone who clearly had enormous talent at one point. But like the Ravel Morrison signing, it was a gamble that just didn’t pay off.

Rodwell, to his credit, didn’t seem to cause any issues with the Blades. He liked being at the club, and won’t have been on huge money either. But in terms of signings, he has to rank up there with the worst of Wilder’s era.

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