Watch as Jack Rodwell almost scores a screamer on his Western Sydney Wanderers debut, stealing the show in the derby.

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Watch as Jack Rodwell nearly scores a screamer on his Western Sydney Wanderers debut, as the underdog steals the show in the derby.

JACK RODWELL is back with a bang – or almost.

In an eye-catching debut for Western Sydney Wanderers in a derby draw with Sydney FC, the former England midfielder came close to scoring from 30 yards.

The 30-year-old, who previously played for Everton, Manchester City, and Sunderland, joined Wanderers last week after a 16-month layoff.

Rodwell’s wife, Alana Licate, a Western Sydney native, was instrumental in securing the transfer to a club managed by Carl Robinson, a former Wolves and Wales midfielder.

In a 0-0 A-League stalemate, Rodwell showed why he was once the great new hope of English football.

With seven minutes remaining, he capped off an impressive performance by slamming a long-range left-footer into the top-right corner.

Rodwell’s dream start to his career in Australia was thwarted by an arching tip-over from visiting goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne.

Since winning three caps as an all-round talent who was equally at home in central defense from 2011 to 2013, his fortunes have waned.

Rodwell’s development was hampered by injuries and questions about his attitude.

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And his demise was summed up at Sunderland, where he chose to sit on the bench on a large salary rather than move on as the club slipped down the divisions.

He reappeared on the scene with Blackburn Rovers before joining Sheffield United during their triumphant return to the Premier League two seasons ago.

On July 5, 2020, he played as a substitute for the Blades in a 1-1 draw against Burnley.

Rodwell stated that he was’really excited’ to join the Wanderers earlier this month.

“I’d been looking for an opportunity to play in Australia for a couple of months, and with my wife being from Western Sydney, the Wanderers was the perfect destination,” he told the club’s website.

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Comeback star Jack Rodwell came so close to a winner with this late rocket for Western Sydney Wanderers in the Aussie top flightMidfielder Jack Rodwell rues his superb effort being saved by Sydney FC keeper Andrew Redmayne

Comeback star Jack Rodwell came so close to a winner with this late rocket for Western Sydney Wanderers in the Aussie top flightMidfielder Jack Rodwell rues his superb effort being saved by Sydney FC keeper Andrew Redmayne

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