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Blades make early move in transfer window

3 January 2020

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Chris Wilder has made an early move in the January transfer window, with the addition of a versatile England international.

Jack Rodwell, formerly of Everton, Manchester City, Sunderland and, last term Blackburn Rovers, has penned a short-term deal at Bramall Lane until the end of the campaign.

The 28-year-old, who is comfortable in a number of defensive or midfield roles, joined the Blades on trial prior to Christmas and has earned a contract having impressed boss Chris Wilder and his staff.

Of his first signing of 2020, Wilder remarked: "Jack has been with us for a couple of weeks or so now and he's been excellent around the place.

"He offers us versatility and experience in a number of key positions and adds further depth to the group which is important at this stage of the season."

Rodwell began his career at Goodison Park at the age of seven and became the youngest player to represent the Toffees in Europe, when he debuted against AZ Alkmaar, aged 16 years 284 days. During his time on Merseyside, Rodwell earned senior international recognition, making his England bow against Spain in November 2011.

Manchester City paid £12 million for his services in August 2012, but after two seasons at the Etihad Stadium, Rodwell joined Sunderland on a five-year-deal for another substantial fee.

The Southport born operator spent four years at the Stadium of Light, clocking up 67 appearances before leaving in June 2018.

Last term, Rodwell appeared 21 times for Blackburn Rovers in the Sky Bet Championship.

The paperwork for this deal was completed in time to make Rodwell available for Sunday's Emirates FA Cup third round tie against AFC Fylde at Bramall Lane.

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