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Rodwell: Rovers move is the perfect fit

Midfielder looking forward to enjoying his football again after penning a short-term deal at Ewood Park

23 August 2018

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New Rovers recruit Jack Rodwell is looking forward to starting a new chapter of his career after putting pen-to-paper on a deal until the end of the season.

The 27-year-old, who has a wealth of Premier League experience under his belt with Everton, Manchester City and Sunderland, will remain a Rover until June 2019.

The England international is eager to enjoy playing football again under the stewardship of Tony Mowbray and believes the move to Rovers is the 'perfect fit'.

“It feels brilliant to sign here," he said. "I’ve obviously had a bit of time off, but I can’t wait to get going again. It’s a great club and I’m just really excited to be playing again.

“Blackburn is a club which has won the Premier League before and it doesn’t get bigger or better than that.

“After meeting the manager, I feel it’s an ambitious club and a great fit for me. I knew a bit about the club and he’s told me a lot about the lads, the team spirit and the camaraderie in the group. That’s something I will enjoy getting involved in. It’s a new chapter and something I’m looking forward to.

“He sold the club to me and came across really well. I’ve played here a few times during my time at Everton and enjoyed playing at Ewood Park, so I’m looking forward to playing there in a Blackburn shirt now.

“After meeting the gaffer I could tell he loves his role and is very passionate about the club. I can’t wait to get playing under him.

"It’s important for me to get out there and start playing football again. There have been ups and downs over the years, but that’s in the past and now I’m just looking forward and focussed on the future ahead.”

Rodwell began his career with the Everton and progressed through the ranks to appear over 100 times for the first team.

His performances for the Toffees persuaded Roberto Mancini to take the midfielder to Manchester City for a reported £15m in 2012, where he won the Premier League trophy in his second season.

The summer of 2014 saw Rodwell switch to Sunderland for a £10m fee, where he would stay for the next four years before departing this summer.

“I’ve had 10 years of first team football and at 27 I am still relatively young, so I have that youth and experience under my belt, which will hopefully show in my performances," he added. 

"I will be aiming to use that experience to help the team.

“I don’t think I have anything to prove. I want to enjoy it and prove to myself, to be honest. I want to love the game again and play week in, week out.”

Come down and potentially see Jack make his debut for Rovers against Brentford on Saturday! Ticket are on sale now and you can purchase yours by clicking here!

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