Former Sunderland midfielder Jack Rodwell training with Premier League Sheffield United

Jack Rodwell, the former Sunderland midfielder, is training with Sheffield United, The Star understands.

By Danny Hall
Thursday, 12th December 2019, 3:19 pm
Updated Thursday, 12th December 2019, 3:19 pm
Jack Rodwell during his spell at Sunderland.
Jack Rodwell during his spell at Sunderland.

The 28-year-old has been without a club since he left Championship side Blackburn in the summer, and the England international recently failed in a bid to persuade Italian giants Roma to offer him a short-term contract.

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But he is now training with Chris Wilder’s Blades at Shirecliffe, and could be offered a deal if he impresses sufficiently. Rodwell could also offer cover to Chris Basham’s right centre-half position, as well as his natural midfield role.

Rodwell began his career at Everton before a big-money move to Manchester City, although injury problems have disrupted his career. He later joined Sunderland for around £10million before leaving the Stadium of Light in 2018.

At his pre-match press conference this morning, Wilder said: "There's still a lot of football to be played and the league is intense, as we've seen. So it’ll take its toll on the group.”