David Moyes was the midfielder's boss at Everton before selling him on.
David Moyes has recently taken over as the new boss at Sunderland, following Sam Allardyce’s switch to the England managerial job.
The Scot will not be familiar with many of his players, but he will know one very well.
He handed Jack Rodwell his professional debut back in 2007.
Five years later however he was sold, for a fee reported by the BBC to be for an initial £12 million, to Manchester City.
It was a sale that perplexed many an Evertonian, who knew the promise that Rodwell possessed.
But at the time Moyes had this to say about the sale, as quoted by the Telegraph:
"I had known about it for a while and I thought it was something that was right for Jack and right for Everton.
"It gave Jack an opportunity to go to a really good club and take his chances there.
New Sunderland manager David Moyes with fans before the match
"It gives us a chance to do a little bit more business in the transfer market having raised the money.
"Hopefully I will try to add to the squad before the season starts."
"It wasn't a necessity to do it this year but I felt it was the right thing and gave us a chance to have a look around to see what we could do.
"We are out there actively trying to bring in another couple of players at least."
Moyes had doubts over Rodwell’s long-term fitness – doubts that have been justified since.
The club reinvested the money with the signatures of Kevin Mirallas and John Stones – two players now boasting a significant market value of their own.
But whilst Moyes was reluctantly content to let Rodwell go in 2012 there will be no doubt that he will be excited to work with him again.
Now 25 Rodwell has seemingly put his fitness woes in the past. Hopefully Moyes can now mould him into the player he originally envisaged at Everton.