Is Jack Rodwell worth the gamble for Western Sydney Wanderers?

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One of the worst-kept secrets of the A-League Men’s off-season was confirmed on Friday as English midfielder Jack Rodwell was pictured training with Western Sydney Wanderers.

After starting his career with a bang in the English Premier League with Everton and Manchester City, Rodwell’s stocks plummeted following a move to Sunderland, who he suffered consecutive relegations with.

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The midfielder struggled with injuries during his time with the Black Cats and his refusal to give up his high wages was infamously documented in the Netflix show ‘Sunderland ’Til I Die’ with many fans of the club deeming him their worst signing in history.

In 2018, Rodwell sealed a move to Blackburn and by early 2020 had scrapped his way back to the Premier League after signing with Sheffield United.

His time with the Blades was entirely forgettable however as he played just 73 minutes for the first-team across a two-season stint.

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Now at the age of 30, Rodwell has relocated Down Under with his Australian wife and has set his sights on reigniting his career in the A-League Men.

Though Macarthur were also reportedly willing, it is the Wanderers that are poised to spin the wheel on real money online roulette after the three-time England international joined them in training this week.

Coach Carl Robinson is willing to give Rodwell a chance to prove himself and it could well be an impressive coup if he steps up to the challenge.

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The Red and Black are already flushed with midfield talent this coming season meaning Rodwell will really have to turn heads in training.

Despite his lack of recent match minutes, the Everton junior has always been a talented player – let down by his body and mind more than anything.

With his career now hanging in the balance, Rodwell can’t afford to take it easy and if he can harness the skills that made him a promising young star, the Wanderers could well be about to hit the jackpot at the online casino.

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