Former Sunderland man Jack Rodwell insists he has a lot to offer at Premier League level after signing for Sheffield United
Jack Rodwell insists he still has a lot to offer at Premier League level after signing for Sheffield United.
The midfielder had been out of contract since leaving Blackburn Rovers in the summer, and came close to earning a deal with Roma before a successful trial spell with the Blades.
Rodwell made his debut in the FA Cup third-round win over AFC Fylde at the weekend, and revealed: "It was just about staying patient throughout my time out of the game. There were plenty of offers on the table during that period but it was about finding the right home for me at this stage of my career.
“The other offers didn't seem right but this one seemed perfect. It's a great club and it just ticked every box.
"The manager is obviously brilliant, and that was very important to me. But the stature of the club, they're doing well in the league and it just seemed right.
"I feel like I've still got a point to prove at the highest level so again, it ticks that box in that regard.”
Rodwell's career has been disrupted by a series of injuries at Everton, Manchester City and Sunderland. He also represented his country.
"When I say I have a point to prove, I just feel like I've got more to offer at this level for sure,” he added.
“I'm still capable of playing at the highest level and that remains my ambition. I'm very ambitious and nothing has changed there.
“Roma was very close to happening, it was just unfortunate circumstances why it didn't materialise but things are meant to happen for a reason, aren't they? Fast forward a few weeks and I got the call from Sheffield United so it's swings and roundabouts really.”
Rodwell made his debut on the right of a back three for United, after studying clips of how Chris Basham plays that role.
“It's not just about that role,” he said. “I'm versatile and obviously I can play in midfield - it's wherever the manager sees fit for me to play that day, then I'll be ready and willing.”