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Jack Rodwell makes one step towards leaving Sunderland as he joins Eredivisie side on trial

Sunderland’s want-away midfielder Jack Rodwell has joined Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem on a trial basis as he bids to impress and earn himself a contract away from Wearside.

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Following his ‘come and get me plea’ during an interview with the Daily Mail last week, it would appear that, despite reservations that anyone would be desperate enough to take him, there are indeed clubs interested in acquiring the services of Jack Rodwell.

According to Keith Downie of Skysports, the thrice-capped former England international has joined up with Vitesse Arnhem on a trial basis as he bids to prove his worth to the Eredivisie side.

Arnhem are perhaps best known in England as the partner of Premier League big-boys Chelsea, who every year send a number of their top talents out on loan to the Dutch club in order for them to gain vital first team experience in a competitive league. Former Sunderland left-back Patrick van Aanholt spent two years on loan Arnhem prior to signing for Sunderland in the summer of 2014.

Whether or not Rodwell is capable of earning himself a deal with Vitesse, or whether they’d be prepared to shoulder his vastly-inflated wage packet remains to be seen, but the fact that he’s out there and speaking to other clubs is a positive step in the right direction for both Rodwell and Sunderland, who mutually agreed some time ago that a parting of ways would be the best course of action for everyone.

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Despite claiming he was fit and ready to play, Rodwell has not spoken to Coleman to inform him of his desire to play again for Sunderland and as such has not been considered for selection for a number of months.

In the tell-all interview last Wednesday with the Daily Mail, Rodwell spoke of his desire to get his career back on track as a centre half, claiming he one day believes that he’ll make it back into the England squad and play again at the top level.

Despite making a small handful of appearances for our U23s side in that position earlier in the season, Rodwell didn’t particularly impress and the club haven’t looked to accommodate the player’s requests.

Rodwell’s £70,000 per-week contract is the major stumbling block in all of this, with the player seemingly unprepared to just walk away from his Sunderland deal unless he’s compensated for it.

His deal - which has around eighteen months left to run - is still worth around £5.4m to Rodwell, an extraordinary amount of money to both the player and Sunderland, who really could do without forking out such a massive sum every week for a player that isn’t contributing.