Sunderland’s Jack Rodwell determined to maintain fitness this season

Jack Rodwell

The midfielder was keen to highlight the positives from their recent loss to Southampton.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Sunderland midfielder Jack Rodwell says he is determined to maintain his fitness during the season.

The midfielder was once one of the highest rated youngsters in England and was highly lauded when he made the breakthrough at Everton.

It hasn’t worked out well for him though and he has picked up numerous injuries so far in his career, something that has seriously limited his game time over the years.

Rodwell has also been hit with injuries since joining the Black Cats from Manchester City, but has recently returned to feature in their last two games.

And he says he is looking to maintain his fitness to help the side avoid relegation this season.

“It’s important for me to just stay fit and keep trying to get in the team,” he told safc.com.

“I just want to keep building on that and hopefully play my part against Palace and help the team as much as I can really because we need to get points.”

It has been a season of turmoil once again at the Stadium of Light, with manager Dick Advocaat having resigned and been replaced by Sam Allardyce.

They have endured a difficult start to the campaign, and find themselves in the bottom three after 11 games, with them hopeful Allardyce can turn things around.

It has not been the best of starts for the former West Ham boss though, with several confidence sapping defeats, with last week’s loss to Southampton one of them.

Rodwell though, says there were positives to take from the game going forward.

“I thought we defended really well, the back four played really well but we need to do more to win games,”

“We were quite solid throughout the game, obviously the penalty cost us the game in the end, but I didn’t really feel like we were going to grab the game by the scruff of the neck and get three points but I thought we were solid enough to deserve the draw.”

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