Born in Southport, just north of Liverpool, Jack Rodwell was an Everton supporter as a child, and joined their youth system at age 7 and made his Under-18s debut for the Toffees at just 14.
Jack Rodwell – signs 5 year deal for Everton
And news that Jack has turned down Manchester United overtures to sign for the only club he has ever played for – Everton. It’s n0t too often these days that a 19 year-old will turn down Manchester United in favor of the club he supported and played for as a youngster.
Certainly Wayne Rooney didn’t do that, and at age 19 signed for Manchester United back in 2004, and left his home-town club after Newcastle had almost signed the player by bidding £26M for him.
That was £26M the club didn’t have – but at it would have been another trophy signing – and at a time when the defense badly needed reinforcements.
But that was the old Newcastle for you, under then Chairman Freddy Shepherd, who one month after failing to sign Rooney sacked then manager Sir Bobby Robson. How incompetent can you get?
6’3″ midfielder Jack Rodwell does admit to being flattered by the interest from Manchester United but didn’t want to leave Everton. The 19-year-old has signed a new five-year contract and had this to say after his signing:
“It is a brilliant day for me. I’ve been at this club a long time and to sign a new five-year deal is amazing,” ”I went on a trial at Liverpool when I was six and they asked me to come back a year later but Everton came knocking and I haven’t looked back.”
“I’ve been with Everton since I was seven and at that age you don’t really think about the first team.” ”It is only about 16 when you think you start to realise you might have a shot. To play for them is an honor, to get this contract is even better.”
“I have been happy at this club ever since so when I got offered a five-year contract I was delighted to sign.” ”It is flattering, obviously, because to be linked with clubs like United is an honor but I’m perfectly happy to be here and it is a great club.”
“I’ve kept calm and just focused on my football day to day. I trained hard and played hard and knew everything would take care of itself.” ”I’ve not had major discussions over it (the new contract), it has not been an issue. I’ve just got my head down and played my football.”
It says a lot for Rodwell and for the Everton club, under the terrific management of David Moyes these last 8 years, that Jack wanted to sign a 5 year contract.
To us these are the real heroes of the game, and it’s just fantastic to see.
Wouldn’t it be great if there was more loyalty like Jack has shown Everton, in the game of football today?
We think so.