Sydney FC’s Jack Rodwell reveals how Sky Blues found their groove ahead of A-League semi-final

EXCLUSIVE: Everton prodigy turned Sydney FC star Jack Rodwell reveals how Sky Blues found their groove ahead of A-League semi-final against Melbourne City

  • Jack Rodwell is loving life at Sydney FC
  • Also enjoying finals football in A-League
  • Confident Sky Blues can beat Melbourne City
  • A-League grand final in Sydney on June 3

Jack Rodwell has declared Sydney FC are peaking at the right time ahead of their second leg grand final qualifier against Melbourne City on Friday at AAMI Park.

The Sky Blues have discovered their mojo at the right time of the season after an inconsistent A-League campaign.

Finishing fifth – and 17 points behind Premier’s Plate winners Melbourne City – frustrated the playing group, coach Steve Corica and their fans.

But with a full squad of players to finally call on, the Sky Blues have jelled in recent weeks – and their rivals are looking on nervously.

A key figure in the revival has been Rodwell, who was once touted as the future of England in midfield after making his Premier League debut for Everton aged just 16. 

Jack Rodwell has declared Sydney FC are peaking at the right time ahead of their second leg grand final qualifier against league champions Melbourne City on Friday

Jack Rodwell was a prodigy at Everton, making his Premier League debut for the Toffees aged just 16

Jack Rodwell was a prodigy at Everton, making his Premier League debut for the Toffees aged just 16

‘We are confident of getting a result in Melbourne, all the pressure is on them,’ the 32-year-old told Daily Mail Australia.

‘Myself and Wilko [fellow defender Alex Wilkinson] will be in for a busy game, City have attacking threats like [Jamie] Maclaren and [Marco] Tilio.

‘I am loving playing alongside Alex, we have both been injured at different stages this season, but our combination is getting better each week, I think we both read the game well. 

‘As a squad, we love big games where everything is on the line…this is why we all play, the chance to win trophies.’

Rodwell is also loving finals football. It is a foreign experience, but one he is relishing.

‘After playing in England for so long, where all the focus is on winning the league, it has been refreshing,’ he added.

‘It is one of the reason I chose to play in Australia, I wanted a new football experience.’

Kick-off on Friday at AAMI Park is 7.45pm. 

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