Rowell Report: Solid start to Sunderland life for Rodwell

Ex-Sunderland footballer Gary Rowell
Ex-Sunderland footballer Gary Rowell
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JACK Rodwell paid off the first instalment of his £10million transfer fee with his equaliser against Manchester United.

When you’re a high profile, big-money signing, it’s expected that you hit the ground running and so his goal will take a lot of pressure off and do wonders for his confidence.

Just like at West Brom though, he still looked a bit off-the-pace, lasting just an hour, and it could be another half-dozen games before he gets the match fitness to show off his best form.

Jack’s probably done all the physical work in pre-season with no problem, but with his lack of game-time, he’s still searching for that peak sharpness and stamina that only playing competitive games week-in, week-out gives you.